The Quiet Man
A film that almost didn't get made, and yet has gone on to become a perennial favorite and screen classic. Turned down for production by every studio in Hollywood, John Ford was only able to get financing for it from Republic after agreeing to bring stars John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara and make them a cavalry western first (Rio Grande). This film is thus the second pairing of the two, and one for the ages. Beautifully shot in Technicolor on location in Ireland, the film was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture (the only Republic film ever to hold that distinction) and Best Supporting Actor for Victor McLaglen's larger-than-life screen performance here; it won two, for Best Color Cinematography, and for an all-time record-setting fourth Best Director honor, to John Ford. Happy St. Patrick's Day.