Historical

Wrap Shot: The Plow and the Stars (1936)

This RKO Radio Pictures historical drama was directed by John Ford and photographed by Joseph H. August, ASC.

David E. Williams

Based on the 1926 play by Sean O'Casey, the Irish story is set during the Easter Rising of April 1916 as a woman running a rooming house in Dublin discovers her husband has joined a militia seeking to overthrow British rule. Pictured here are (seated, from left) August, Ford and actors Preston Foster, Denis O'Dea, Barbara Stanwyck, and J.M. Kerrigan.


Following the wrap, RKO re-shot many scenes with a different director in an effort to tone down the film’s politics, leading Ford to disown the picture




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