Classic Movie Review by Ellen Bunton
(and her eager assistant, Meatball)
A Regular Monthly Feature
The first Wednesday of the month.
Once again, we made it: November 4 2015
One Fiery Redhead
Maureen O’Hara was hard to categorize.
First of all, she was a true redhead; she didn’t need any help from the makeup department there.
She could act. She finally received the Academy HonoraryAward on Nov. 8, 2014, at the Governor’s Award Ceremony in Los Angeles. The great actor Charles Laughton saw her in an audition in London and recommended her for the film Jamaica Inn.
She will probably be best remembered as the woman who was “man enough” to stand up to John Wayne.
She made five films opposite Wayne including the classic How Green was my Valley (1941), about a Welsh mining family, and The Quiet Man (1942), set in Ireland, about a former boxer.
I recommend both films, as well as my favorite, McLintock (1963), based loosely on The Taming of the Shrew.
It is a western-comedy that has all those scruffy character actors whose faces are familiar but whose names you can never quite remember. John Wayne’s son, Patrick, plays in it, and a young Yvonne DeCarlo, who had a long movie career before becoming Lily Munster on TV.
Maureen proved a real trooper in McLintock when movie husband John Wayne chased her all through town during a town fair.
She spent most of the scene in only her camisole and bloomers!
Maureen O’Hara died in her sleep on October 24, 2015, at the age of 95.
Thanks to the magic of film this fiesty redhead will live on.
With Christmas shopping just around the corner, consider the purchase of another work about feisty ninety-year-olds, Looking for Lydia; Looking for God–available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble online on this website in hard cover, paperback, or ebook.