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The Rising of the Moon (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 10 August 1957 (USA)
Three vignettes of old Irish country life, based on a series of short stories. In "The Majesty of the Law," a police officer must arrest a very old-fashioned, traditional fellow for assault... See full summary »

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Frank O'Connor (story "The Majesty of the Law"), Michael J. McHugh (story "A Minute's Wait") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrone Power ... Self - Host
Noel Purcell ... Dan O'Flaherty (1st Episode)
Cyril Cusack ... Inspector Michael Dillon (1st Episode)
Jack MacGowran ... Mickey J. - the poitín maker (1st Episode)
Jimmy O'Dea Jimmy O'Dea ... Paddy Morrisey - porter (2nd Episode)
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ... Andrew Rourke - Station Master (2nd Episode)
Paul Farrell Paul Farrell ... Jim O'Brien - 2nd Episode
Kevin Casey Kevin Casey ... Fireman McTigue - 2nd Episode
Maureen Potter Maureen Potter ... Pegeen Mallory - barmaid (2nd Episode)
May Craig May Craig ... Mrs. Folsey - 2nd Episode
Michael Trubshawe ... Colonel Charles Frobisher (2nd Episode)
Maureen Connell ... May Ann McMahon (2nd Episode)
Michael O'Duffy Michael O'Duffy ... Mahon - The Singer - 2nd Episode
Denis O'Dea ... Police Sergeant Tom O'Hara (3rd Episode)
Eileen Crowe Eileen Crowe ... Mrs. O'Hara - Police Sergeant's Wife (3rd Episode)
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Three vignettes of old Irish country life, based on a series of short stories. In "The Majesty of the Law," a police officer must arrest a very old-fashioned, traditional fellow for assault. The man's principles have the policeman and the whole village, including the man he slugged, sympathizing with him. "One Minute's Wait" is about an little train station and glimpses into the lives of the passengers, with a series of comic setups. The third piece is called "1921" and is about a condemned Irish nationalist and his daring escape. Tyrone Power introduces each story. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@kiva.net>

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Actually filmed in the Emerald Isle!

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ao Cair da Noite See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland

Company Credits

Production Co:

Four Provinces Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The cottage in the first segment appears to be the same one owned by John Wayne's character in The Quiet Man (1952). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Innisfree (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Slattery's Mounted Fut
(uncredited)
Music by Percy French
Arranged by Edrich Siebert
KPM Music Ltd
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Technically Good
20 June 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Rising of the Moon, The (1957)

** (out of 4)

Anthology film has director Ford returning to Ireland but the end results are far from those of THE QUIET MAN. In the first story, "The Majesty of the Law" has a policeman going to visit an old friend, now living desperately poor due to something in his past but it turns out he does have the money to correct his wrongdoings but refuses. The second story "One Minute's Wait" is about a train that stops off in a small station but every time it tries to leave something else comes up preventing it from doing so. The final film, "1921", is about an American nun who helps a British man escape from be hung but this just leads to more problems. This here is one of the least known works by Ford and it's easy to see why as we really don't have any well-known actors in the three stories. We do have Tyrone Power showing up for brief intros to each story but this here certainly wasn't enough to bring people to the film. This is one of those movies that I just watched without ever getting fully entertained but at the same time I was never really bored. The film, on a technical level, is quite good as you can tell in each scene that Ford has a love for the subject matter. Each scene is beautifully filmed and the cinematography certainly picks up the beauty of the land. The film also works in terms of the performances. The cast are mainly unknown actors but they do very good work and they come across as real characters. Anytime you tell "short stories" within one film then you're already fighting an uphill battle as it's hard to create one equally flowing film. It seems reviews are really mixed on which is the best story but my vote would go to the final one. In his introduction Power says it comes from a story that "all Americans would know" but I doubt that's the case. The story is a mild crime drama but it contains some interesting set-ups even if it does end out of no where. In the end, this isn't a disaster or a good film but it's a minor work that will probably appeal to those with a major love of Irish stories.


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