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Donovan's Reef (1963) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by John Ford and produced by John Ford.

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Marquis Andre de Lage: Well, there is our Mike Donovan. Three children and not one marriage. Oh, I do not say that he's the first man to put the cart before the horse, but three carts and no horse? Huh?


Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Permission to speak.
Dr. William Dedham: Shoot.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: What started it was this knothead tried to push a hootchie-cootchie dancer off on me in Panama!
[Gilhooley laughs]
Dr. William Dedham: Gilhooley? Well, What's wrong with that?
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Nothing, except a marriage licence and wedding ring through my nose went with it!


Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Ameilia, if I consent to marry you...
Ameilia Sarah Dedham: If you consent!
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: ...and if we are blessed with a child, and if it is a boy, he will be named Francis Xavier Donovan after my father.
Ameilia Sarah Dedham: He will be named Sedley Atterbury Dedham after my grandfather.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Sedley Atterbury... that's a hell of a name for a Donovan!
Ameilia Sarah Dedham: He will be named William after my father.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: The doc? That's swell. I'll call him Bill. Pax?


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During the scene where Amelia is wishing to "charter the Araner", Donovan states that he owns the Araner and a boat named the Inisfree. Inisfree is the name of the village in Ireland in which The Quiet Man, another John Wayne / John Ford film, takes place.
In the beginning, Gilhooley tells the captain who "shanghai'd" him that they were supposed to be at the island "on the 7th". Taking into account the time-line of the movie, ending on Christmas, that would make Donovan and Gilhooley's birthday as December 7th, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Jack Warden, who played Elizabeth Allen's father, was only nine years her senior in real life.
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