The Maureen O’Hara Classic Film Festival is set to roll next week and will run from June 17 to 26. The festival will open on Friday June 17 in The Glengarriff Eccles Hotel, where O’Hara and a host of other well known Hollywood names will be present.
This first night gathering will kick off 10 days of festivities with an exclusive Closing Night Award Show marking the Grand Finale on June 26th.
O’Hara, who lives in the West Cork village, will join festival attendees in celebrating Hollywood’s “Golden Era” at screenings of some of the best loved classic movies starring Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Errol Flynn, and many others.
According to the festival release, classic movie lovers will be treated to one off introductions and insights into the making of the movies including background stories on the actors and directors as well as behind the scenes happenings.
Together, the films represent a range of genres from Hitchcock thrillers and crime-solving film noir, to color musicals and action-filled westerns.
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O’Hara will be join at the festival by the likes of Rory Flynn, daughter of swashbuckler Errol Flynn who will present highlights from her book about her famed father called “The Baron of Mulholland.”
Pat Shamroy-Shaw, daughter of 18 time nominee and four-time time Oscar-winner cinematographer Leon Shamroy, will also share insights on her father’s life and work in Hollywood.
Irish film director Sé Merry Doyle will present his acclaimed documentary “Dreaming the Quiet Man,” and daughter of iconic photographer “Bernard of Hollywood”, best-selling author and actress Susan Bernard, will preview for the first time her new book, “Marilyn: Intimate Exposures,” which will be released by Sterling Publishing in October. The book marks the 50 years since Marilyn Monroe’s passing.
In addition to the many films and special book signings, local drama groups will also be presenting scenes from famous Hollywood classics.