John Ford had been hoping to make The Quiet Man for over a decade, but the studio- Republic Pictures- thought that the idea was silly, filming in Ireland would be needlessly expensive, and that the movie would be a flop. They would only green-light the movie if Ford would agree to film a western with Wayne and O'Hara first: 1950's Rio Grande. The studio was of course wrong: The Quiet Man was a big hit and won two Academy Awards, including a fourth Best Director one for John Ford. Of the two films, Rio Grande is my favourite but that doesn't mean that I don't love The Quiet Man, due in no small part to the presence of some of my favourite actors in it. Maureen O'Hara, John Wayne, Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond, and Barry freakin' Fitzgerald all in one picture together... it's an overload of awesomeness.