Film director Martin Scorsese was honored with the John Ford Award at the annual Irish Film and Television Awards presentation in Dublin on February 25, 2017. Scorsese was a huge fan of Ford as he explains in the following excerpt from a lecture given to the American Irish Historical Society. John Ford was a true film pioneer. He began directing in his mid-teens. His first … [Read more...] about John Ford: A True Film Pioneer
For all of the bluster surrounding the John Ford and John Wayne relationship, and the sizzling chemistry of Maureen O’Hara and Wayne, Scott Eyman’s book, John Wayne: The Life and Legend, is particularly insightful about how this magical trio managed to make such enduring films. While there’s plenty of gossipy sections about Wayne’s marriages and Ford’s tantrums, its great … [Read more...] about Hollywood’s Irish Trinity
The inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium will take place in Dublin over four days, June 7-10. The symposium’s screenings, talks and events will center on Ford’s own films, in addition to other films and filmmakers inspired by his work and legacy. Ford, whose parents were born in the west of Ireland, directed 137 films throughout his prolific career, including The … [Read more...] about Director John Ford Celebrated with Irish Symposium
This interview with silver screen legend Maureen O'Hara was the cover story for the June/July 2004 issue of Irish America. The photograph is from 1999, when O'Hara served as Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City. Maureen O'Hara is in fine fettle despite having a slight cold. It's the day after St. Patrick's Day and she's ensconced in a suite at the … [Read more...] about Maureen O’Hara: “The Greatest Guy”
Throughout her film career, Maureen O'Hara captured the essence of the Irish colleen in all its contradictions. In The Quiet Man, as Mary Kate, she went toe-to-toe with John Wayne's Jack Thornton, in one of the most rugged screen courtships in the history of film.
There were a lot of Irish actors in Hollywood at that time, weren't there?
Yes, Barry Fitzgerald, Arthur … [Read more...] about Maureen O’Hara