Friday, March 17, 2017

John Ford's "The Rising of the Moon"

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and as they usually do every March 17, the cable channel, Turner Classic Movies, is showing Irish-themed films all day.

Tonight at 8 p.m., TCM is scheduled to show John Ford’s “The Rising of the Moon.” (But, please check your cable guides. The times can vary and schedules can be different outside the U.S.) .

“The Rising of the Moon,” from 1957, is an unusual little black and white film with no big-name stars, except Tyrone Power who introduces segments of the picture.

The movie is in three parts, each a separate and unconnected tale, based on short stories and plays by Frank O’Connor, Michael J. McHugh, and Lady Augusta Gregory, and adapted by long-time Ford collaborator, screenwriter Frank S. Nugent.

The first two stories are told with a gentle sense of nostalgia. The last is harder and tougher. All three parts were made with care and artistry on location in Ireland.

Don’t miss this one.


  1. I'll check my TCM schedule later - I have a night in on my own after some early evening chauffering of the family!

  2. I miss TCM. I saw some good films on the channel before my cable TV took it off the air. I believe TCM winded up operations in India.

    1. Prashant – It’s a shame you can’t get TCM. Sorry to parade this in front of you. Wish there was a way to warn you, kind of like a Spoiler Alert.

    2. No problem, Elgin. I watch them on YouTube. In fact, do keep writing about these early films, so I get to know about them.