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John Ford's "The Quiet Man" to be screened at BYU Jan. 25

“The Quiet Man,” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, will be screened as the first in this year’s Special Collections Motion Picture Archive Film Series at Brigham Young University Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. All those eight years of age and older are invited.

A boxer from the United States, John Wayne, tries to run away from his past and find comfort in his family roots. He falls in love with a woman, Maureen O’Hara, but must get her stubborn brother’s permission before marrying her.

Before showing the film, James D’Arc, curator of the BYU Motion Picture Archive, will give a behind-the-scenes look at the makings of "The Quiet Man." He will also show photographs, production documents and publicity material for the movie from the Merian C. Cooper Papers and the Jack Mathis Collection, located in BYU's L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

John Ford filmed the 1952 Technicolor production in Ireland, and the film later earned Ford his fourth Academy Award and Winton Hoch an Oscar for his Technicolor cinematography.

The Special Collections Motion Picture Archive Film Series,now in its ninth year,is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Harold B. Lee Library and Dennis and Linda Gibson. It features original motion picture prints shown in a theatrical setting. A complete schedule may be accessed online at

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