The Quiet Man (1952)
Gold coins as part of a wedding dowry
The 1952 Republic Pictures film "The Quiet Man" is set in Ireland and shows some gold coins
as part of a woman's wedding dowry.
He meets and later marries a local woman. He discovers that her brother is holding a large sum of her
money and that he will have to fight the brother to retrieve her money, which is in the form of gold coins.
and Maureen O'Hara as Mary Kate Danaher, a local girl he courts and marries.
Republic of Ireland. A few electrical power and telephone poles and lines can be seen, as electric power
was being installed there at the time.
A train pulls up to a small station and Sean Thornton gets off.
2. Sean Thornton arrives
The locals speculate on what he is there for, he isn't a tourist as he doesn't have a camera or a fishing pole.
3. Flynn takes Sean for a ride
Along the way they look at some property and Sean sees a woman herding sheep.
4. Mary Kate Danaher
Sean and Mary form an instant attraction.
Sean spent his childhood in the house before his mother took him to America.
5. Sarah Tillane sells the land
A wealthy local man, Squire Will Danaher, also wants the property but Sarah sells it to Sean.
Squire Danaher becomes Sean's enemy over this deal.
Danaher learns of this and dislikes Sean even more.
At a local Irish bar or pub the two men meet and begin to fight.
6. Breaking up a fight
The other patrons, including the local Catholic priest, Father Peter Lonergan, keep the men apart.
7. Sean proposes
A local custom is that the bride's brother has to give his permission for her to marry, and he refuses.
8. Too many women in the house
They tell the Squire that Sarah doesn't want to marry him with another woman in his house.
9. Old castle
Sean takes Mary to the castle for some quiet time.
10. Sean and Mary Kate
Mary Kate's brother gives his permission for the wedding.
The couple are married at the family house.
She names the amount as 350 gold pounds.
11. Danaher brings Mary Kate's dowry
Danaher spills the coins onto the table.
12. Gold coins on the table
A view of the coins brightly lit up.
13. Gold coins on the table
A view of the coins under a shadow.
they used English coins.
A British gold sovereign of the period:
14. Great Britain gold sovereign 1915
A sovereign is a British gold coin originally worth one pound (20 shillings).
It is the same size and weight as a United States $5 gold coin, 1/4 troy ounce.
He then realizes that he has been tricked into allowing his sister to marry Sean, and swipes the
gold coins onto the floor.
15. We don't need the money
Danaher then slugs Sean and knocks him to the floor causing Sean to remember when he was the
boxer "Trooper Thorn".
16. Trooper Thorn in the ring
Thorn has just found out that his opponent has died and blames himself.
17. Mary Kate explains about the dowry's importance
Sean doesn't realize how important the dowry is to Mary Kate and she explains that the furniture
and money belonged to her mother and further back.
The furniture includes a small piano.
18. Mary Kate plays music
Sean at first refuses to fight Danaher over the money and Mary leaves him and heads for
the train station. He follows her there.
19. Sean meets Mary at the train
Sean decides to confront Danaher and brings Mary back to the town and to Danaher's place.
20. News reaches the pub
Men and women from all over converge on Danaher's farm to watch.
21. The men square off
Danaher throws some money at Mary, it appears to be paper, and she puts it in an incerator.
22. Money to burn
The big fight starts.
23. The fight
The fighter wear each other out and become friends.
They head for Sean's house where Mary serves dinner.
24. The family together
25. Sean and Mary together
John Wayne as Sean Thornton
Maureen O'Hara as Mary Kate Danaher
Victor McLaglen as Squire Will Danaher
Barry Fitzgerald as Michaleen Oge Flynn
Ward Bond as Father Peter Lonergan
Writers: Frank S. Nugent, Maurice Walsh (story)