The Quare Fellow

Overview

Brendan Behan, the quixotic, eternally sloshed Irish poet/playwright, peppered his play The Quare Fellow with plenty of "gallows humor." The film version dispenses with most the play's morbid jests, leaving us with a grim, straightforward account of a Dublin death-row prison guard Patrick McGoohan and his growing empathy with two condemned prisoners. One could understand the removal of the play's comic elements had the film been made in timorous Hollywood. But since Quare Fellow was financed and produced in ...
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Overview

Brendan Behan, the quixotic, eternally sloshed Irish poet/playwright, peppered his play The Quare Fellow with plenty of "gallows humor." The film version dispenses with most the play's morbid jests, leaving us with a grim, straightforward account of a Dublin death-row prison guard Patrick McGoohan and his growing empathy with two condemned prisoners. One could understand the removal of the play's comic elements had the film been made in timorous Hollywood. But since Quare Fellow was financed and produced in Ireland, it seems a inappropriately glum tribute to one of the country's boldest and most brilliant talents. Quare Fellow was directed by American "B" specialist Arthur Dreifuss, who also adapted Behan's play for the screen.
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Special Features

"Brendan Behan's Dublin"; ; Photo Gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it takes far too many liberties with the wrenching Brendan Behan play upon which it is based, The Quare Fellow nevertheless emerges as an effective and affecting social problem movie, one which successfully and potently mixes the personal and the political. The film loses the sardonic humor and narrows the original ensemble focus to the story of a young warder and his gradual understanding of the horrors of capital punishment. The message is still Behan, but the method has been changed considerably. Still, Arthur Dreifuss' screenplay does an admirable job of laying out the pieces, and there are still some flavorful Behan lines gracing the screen. And it still contains plenty of power and an urgent need to bring forth a reaction in the audience. Dreifuss' direction is solid without being showy. He is blessed to have the intense Patrick McGoohan to play his lead. The actor brings an initial sureness of self to the part which slowly transforms into a brooding quality as he cracks appear in his rock solid belief system. Despite the quick passage of time, McGoohan makes the almost complete turnabout both believabvle and compelling. Sylvia Sims is close to pure gold as the tarnished love interest, and she and McGoohan have a palpable chemistry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2008
  • UPC: 738329062026
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 77,774

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick McGoohan Thomas Crimmin
Sylvia Syms Kathleen
Walter Macken Regan
Harry Brogan Dunlavin
Jack Cunningham Chief Warder
Dermot Kelly Donnelly
Hilton Edwards Holy Healy
Marie Kean Mrs. O'Hara
Philip O'Flynn Prison Governor
Leo McCabe Dr. Flyn
Pauline Delaney Mickser's wife
Geoffrey Golden 1st Customs Officer
Tom Irwin Customs Officer
Agnes Bernelle Meg
Dominic Roche Prison Chaplain
Arthur O'Sullivan Himself
Aubrey Morris Silvertop
Robert Bernal Mickser
John Welsh Carroll
Norman Rodway Lavery
Joseph O'Donnell Poet
Gerry Alexander Kelly
James Brennan Old Patriot
Brendan Cauldwell Shamrock Attendant
Marie Conmee Publican Woman
John Cowley Cleary
Eddie Golden Reception Warder
Eric Gorman Neighbour
Aiden Grennell Food Orderly
Michael Hennessy 2nd Publican
David Kelly Reception Clerk
T.P. McKenna Walsh
Derry Power Stretcher-Bearer
Charlie Roberts Dock Worker
Technical Credits
Arthur Dreifuss Director, Screenwriter
Alexander Faris Score Composer
Anthony Havelock-Allan Producer
Peter Hennessy Cinematographer
Ted Marshall Art Director
Jacqueline Sundstrom Screenwriter
Gitta Zadek Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Quare Fellow
1. New Officer [9:10]
2. Ready For Duty [6:31]
3. The Bottle [9:10]
4. Inconsolable [5:37]
5. Tense Moment [3:01]
6. The Lucky Man [4:50]
7. Upholding the Law [8:13]
8. Truth is Told [7:36]
9. Hangman Arrives [9:37]
10. Time Slips Away [9:48]
11. No Reprieve [9:38]
12. Condemned [6:45]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Quare Fellow
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Special Features
      "Brendan Behan's Dublin"
      Photo Gallery
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