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The Playboy of the Western World (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 18 March 1963 (USA)
A quiet little village, and especially a pretty young woman, falls under the spell of a charming, somewhat roguish stranger who suddenly appears one day.

Writers:

Brian Desmond Hurst (screenplay), John Millington Synge (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Siobhan McKenna ... Pegeen Mike
Gary Raymond ... The Playboy (Christy Mahon)
Elspeth March ... Widow Quin
Niall MacGinnis ... Old Mahon
Liam Redmond ... Michael James
Michael O'Brian Michael O'Brian ... Shaun Keogh (as Micheal O'Briain)
John Welsh ... Philly Cullen
Brendan Cauldwell Brendan Cauldwell ... Jimmy Farrell
Finnuala O'Shannon Finnuala O'Shannon ... Sara
Eithne Lydon Eithne Lydon ... Susan
Anne Brogan Anne Brogan ... Nelly
Katie Fitzroy Katie Fitzroy ... Honor
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A quiet little village, and especially a pretty young woman, falls under the spell of a charming, somewhat roguish stranger who suddenly appears one day.

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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Four Provinces Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Theatre Night: The Heart's a Wonder (1958) See more »

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The Rogue
Traditional
Sung by Liam Redmond (Michael James) as he returns from the wake
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The very highest grade of Irish blarney....
5 February 2006 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

A handsome young stranger (engagingly played by Gary Raymond) suddenly turns up in a remote coastal Irish village professing to be desperately fleeing ahead of the law after having murdered his own father by beating his head in. His lurid, high-spirited account very quickly earns the admiration of everyone in the local inn and stirs the lust of all the unattached women in the village, especially the fetching spinster running the inn (McKenna) and the aggressive man-starved widow Quin (March). However, the young hero's status changes abruptly when his old dad shows up just ahead of the police.

The strong regional flavor of this piece is the element that makes it so delightful and different. It overflows with the very highest grade of fluent Irish blarney. Gary Raymond, even if not Irish, is delightful as the irrepressible Christy Mahon and will leave a memorable impression on viewers.


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