The Playboy of the Western World (film)

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The Playboy of the Western World
Original film poster
Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst
Produced by Michael Killanin
Denis O’Dell
Brendan Smith
Written by John Millington Synge (play)
Brian Desmond Hurst (screenplay)
Roland Kibbee (screenplay)
Starring Gary Raymond
Siobhán McKenna
Music by Seán Ó Riada
Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth
Distributed by Janus Films
Release date
Running time
100 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

The Playboy of the Western World is a 1962 film version of the 1907 play written by John Millington Synge. It was directed and co-written by Brian Desmond Hurst and stars Gary Raymond and Siobhán McKenna. Filmed in County Kerry, the film features many of the Abbey Players. The film was produced by the Four Provinces company created in 1952 by Hurst and Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin who had previously produced John Ford’s The Rising of the Moon[1] and Gideon's Day.


A young man from a far away village appears in County Mayo announcing to all and sundry that he has murdered his father with a blow to the head. With the tale growing in the telling, the young man becomes a local hero…until his angry father comes to fetch him home.


Gary Raymond ... Christy Mahon
Siobhán McKenna … Pegeen Mike
Elspeth March … The Widow Quinn
Liam Redmond … Michael James
Niall MacGinnis … Old Man Mahon

Production notes[edit]

  • The film was shot at Inch Strand in Dingle Peninsula, co Kerry. William Constable, the art director built a cottage close to the beach.


  1. ^ p.527 McBride, Joseph Searching for John Ford Univ. Press of Mississippi, 15/02/2011

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