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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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Miss Lafleur: [while being pushed off by Gilhooley] Oh, you've come back to marry me.
Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley: Oh, now look LaFluer, you're the love of my life. You're the only dame that meant anything to me, but I already told you I'd make a -
[Takes a big gulp of beer]
Miss Lafleur: I know.
Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley: I got a wife in Hoboken.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: ...and San Pedro, and San Diego and Norfolk, Virginia.
Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley: That's right. You wouldn't want me to go up on a bigamy charge, would you?


Ameilia Sarah Dedham: [reading inscription on monument] Princess Manulani, Commander William... Dedham? Michael Patrick Donovan... Thomas Al-oy-si-us Gilhooley...
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Thomas Aloysius Gilhooley!
Ameilia Sarah Dedham: Does this mean there was actual fighting on this island?
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Well, those gold stars don't stand for good behavior.
Ameilia Sarah Dedham: Well, tell me.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: There's not much to tell. We got blown off our can... that's a destroyer, ended up here on the island. There was a big Jap base down there. So, we hid out back here in the hills... down in those caves. Tossed a few monkey wrenches into their machinery, threw 'em a few spitballs.
Ameilia Sarah Dedham: Hard to believe that war has ever been within a thousand miles of a place as peaceful as this.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Yeah, well, frangipani and flame-throwers don't seem to go together, but that's the way it was.


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?


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In a fight with Lee Marvin, John Wayne underestimated an uppercut. He crashed through a table and fell down. Director John Ford decided to leave the scene in the movie.
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.
Jack Warden, who played Elizabeth Allen's father, was only nine years her senior in real life.
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