Old Movie Teams

Weren’t they also in that other movie?

Maureen O’Hara & Anthony Quinn

Maureen O’Hara and Anthony Quinn teamed up in six feature-length films throughout their movie careers:

The Black Swan (1942)
Buffalo Bill (1944)
Sinbad, the Sailor (1947)
Against All Flags (1952)
The Magnificent Matador (1955)
Only the Lonely (1991)

For their first four collaborations, Ms. O’Hara’s character is romantically drawn to someone besides Mr. Quinn, who invariably plays a sinister, and ultimately unsuccessful, foil to the leading lady’s man, as we can see in their Sinbad film. When we finally find them in roles romantically bound, we are left to ponder not only the delight in seeing their characters fall in love with each other, but why only two films and why the long interval between them. While it may be that their career paths after making The Magnificent Matador in 1955 so diverged that it took 36 years before a screen reunion was practical or even thinkable, a reunion does indeed take place in the 1991 John Candy vehicle Only the Lonely. Although they are both supporting players in this film, their scenes together belong solely to them.

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