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The Quiet Man (1952)
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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.
 
The film is about an Irish-American prizefighter who retires and buys a house in Ireland.
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.
 
The film stars John Wayne as Sean Thornton, a fighter known in America as "Trooper Thorn",
and Maureen O'Hara as Mary Kate Danaher, a local girl he courts and marries.
 
The film is set in the early 1950's and was filmed on location in Cong, County Mayo, in the
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.
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1. Title
 
A train pulls up to a small station and Sean Thornton gets off.
 
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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.
 
Michaleen Flynn, a local businessman with a coach, takes Sean around the area.
 
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3. Flynn takes Sean for a ride
 
Along the way they look at some property and Sean sees a woman herding sheep.
 
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4. Mary Kate Danaher
 
Sean and Mary form an instant attraction.
 
Sean sees Sarah Tillane, a local landowner, about buying a piece of property with a house.
Sean spent his childhood in the house before his mother took him to America.
 
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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.
 
Sean starts seeing Mary Kate, who is the Squire's sister.
Danaher learns of this and dislikes Sean even more.
At a local Irish bar or pub the two men meet and begin to fight.
 
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6. Breaking up a fight
 
The other patrons, including the local Catholic priest, Father Peter Lonergan, keep the men apart.
 
Sean has been seeing Mary Kate for a while and finally proposes marriage.
 
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7. Sean proposes
 
A local custom is that the bride's brother has to give his permission for her to marry, and he refuses.
 
The Squire has been trying to interest wealthy Sarah Tillane in marriage but she has put him off.
 
Flynn and Father Lonergan come up with a scheme.
 
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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.
 
Meanwhile, at an old castle near the town:
 
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9. Old castle
 
Sean takes Mary to the castle for some quiet time.
 
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10. Sean and Mary Kate
 
Mary Kate's brother gives his permission for the wedding.
The couple are married at the family house.
 
Squire Danaher brings a bag of gold coins which belong to Mary as part of her dowry.
She names the amount as 350 gold pounds.
 
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11. Danaher brings Mary Kate's dowry
 
Danaher spills the coins onto the table.
 
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12. Gold coins on the table
 
A view of the coins brightly lit up.
 
They appear to be prop coins or tokens of some kind.
 
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13. Gold coins on the table
 
A view of the coins under a shadow.
 
Ireland hasn't made gold coins of it's own and as the country was controlled by England for a long time,
they used English coins.
 
The primary English gold coins of the period would be British Sovereigns.
 
This is an British gold Sovereign coin of the period:
 
Britain Sovereign 1915
14. 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.
 
Danaher announces that he intends to wed Sarah and she is shocked.
He then realizes that he has been tricked into allowing his sister to marry Sean, and swipes the
gold coins onto the floor.
 
Mary starts picking up the coins but Sean tells her not to worry about the money.
 
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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".
 
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16. Trooper Thorn in the ring
 
Thorn has just found out that his opponent has died and blames himself.
 
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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.
 
Some locals persuade the Squire to release Mary's furniture but not the money.
The furniture includes a small piano.
 
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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.
 
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19. Sean meets Mary at the train
 
Sean decides to confront Danaher and brings Mary back to the town and to Danaher's place.
 
Word spreads quickly about the impending fight.
 
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20. News reaches the pub
 
Men and women from all over converge on Danaher's farm to watch.
 
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21. The men square off
 
Danaher throws some money at Mary, it appears to be paper, and she puts it in an incerator.
 
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22. Money to burn
 
The big fight starts.
 
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23. The fight
 
The fighter wear each other out and become friends.
They head for Sean's house where Mary serves dinner.
 
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24. The family together
 
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25. Sean and Mary together
 
Notes:
 
Cast:
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
 
Director: John Ford
Writers: Frank S. Nugent, Maurice Walsh (story)
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