How ‘The Quiet Man’ Mined Irish Nostalgia for Oscar Gold

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It might be supposed that a man named John Martin Feeney was of Irish descent; and it might also be supposed that, since he often called himself Seán Aloysius O’Fearna, he was proud of that ancestry. It was true – although as the Hollywood director John Ford, he became best known for movies based in the American Wild West. In 1933, however, by which time he’d already made over 70 films, he read a warm, nostalgic love story titled “The Green Rushes” that made such an impression on him that the bought the movie rights. It was the start of a long journey to his ancestral home. It took nearly two …

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