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To make the Rising of the Moon, American filmmaker John Ford returned to his Irish roots. An obscure and highly personal film for Ford, it is comprised of three episodes--each offering insight into Irish culture and values. All are introduced by Tyrone Power. In "The Majesty of the Law," a police officer is assigned to arrest an Irish curmudgeon who hit the neighbor who sold him a lousy batch of homemade whiskey. But this is no ordinary arrest as the old man is a traditionalist who loathes the new directions his beloved Eire is going. Out of respect, the cop eschews his car and walks to his cottage. The two have a conversation and the old man mourns the loss of the old ways and expresses his frustration over the encroachment of modern amenities that are destroying the Irish heritage. The sympathetic cop offers to free him if the old man will pay a small fine, but though the codger has more than enough to pay it, he refuses on principal. Even when the man who filed the charges offers to pay the fine, the coot refuses to give in and stoically heads off to serve his time. As he walks with the officer to the jail, the whole town comes out to honor the old man. Set at a train station "A Minute's Wait" offers a humorous look at Irish conceptions of time as train's brief scheduled stop to pick up some lobsters for an important dinner stretches out into a long, leisurely pause. The final vignette, "1921" features members of Dublin's Abbey Theatre and tells the story of how they engineer an elaborate rescue of an Irish patriot from prison. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast

Noel Purcell
as Dan O'Flaherty, the Old Man
Cyril Cusack
as Inspector Michael Dillon
Jimmy O'Dea
as Porter
Denis O'Dea
as The Police Sergeant [1921]
Eileen Crowe
as His Wife
John Cowley
as The Gombeen Man
May Craig
as Matchmaking Aunt [A Minute's Wait]
Maureen Delaney
as Old Woman [1921]
J.G. Devlin
as The Guard [A Minute's Wait]
Donal Donnelly
as Sean Curran [1921]
Paul Farrell
as Chauffeur
Harold Goldblatt
as Matchmaking Father [A Minute's Wait]
Maurice Good
as Constable O'Grady [1921]
Eric Gorman
Frank Lawton
as British Major [1921]
Edward Lexy
as RQMS [1921]
Jack MacGowran
as Mickey J.
Maureen O'Connell
as May Ann McMahon, her Niece [A Minute's Wait]
Joseph O'Dea
as Warder [1921]
Maureen Potter
as Barmaid [A Minute's Wait]
Tyrone Power
as Introduction
Godfrey Quigley
as Christy, his Boy [A Minute's Wait]
Tony Quinn
as Railroad Station Chief
Michael Trubshawe
as Col. Frobisher [A Minute's Wait]
Michael O'Duffy
as The Singer [A Minute's Wait]
Maureen Cusack
as False Nuns [1921]
Tony Quinn
as Railroad Station Chief
Jack MacGowran
as Mickey J.
Maureen O'Connell
as May Ann McMahon, her Niece [A Minute's Wait]
Maureen Potter
as Barmaid [A Minute's Wait]
Harold Goldblatt
as Matchmaking Father [A Minute's Wait]
John Cowley
as The Gombeen Man
Michael Trubshawe
as Col. Frobisher [A Minute's Wait]
Michael O'Duffy
as The Singer [A Minute's Wait]
J.G. Devlin
as The Guard [A Minute's Wait]
Joseph O'Dea
as Warder [1921]
Godfrey Quigley
as Christy, his Boy [A Minute's Wait]
Paul Farrell
as Chauffeur
Maureen Delaney
as Old Woman [1921]
Tyrone Power
as Introduction
May Craig
as Matchmaking Aunt [A Minute's Wait]
Maurice Good
as Constable O'Grady [1921]
Frank Lawton
as British Major [1921]
Edward Lexy
as RQMS [1921]
Donal Donnelly
as Sean Curran [1921]

Crew

John Ford
Director
Michael Killanin
Producer
Robert Krasker
Cinematographer
Michael Gordon
Editor
Ray Simm
Art Director
Jimmy Bourke
Costume Designer
Colin Garde
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