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The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966)."Free? We're about as free as foxes gone to earth in a hunt."

This week England vs. Ireland in a battle of sticks, and knives, and horrible red hair dye.  We see the return of an unexpected actor, vastly underused Irish Wolfhounds and a trio of the horniest sisters we've seen yet.  Join us as we escape from guards and butcher pronounciations of many Irish names and places. 


 


Storyline :Ireland 1587. Hugh O'Donnell inherits the title of The O'Donnell, the prince of Donegal, and tries to unite Ireland to make war on England. But then Hugh is kidnapped and imprisoned by the Viceroy of Ireland and held ransom for the Clans' good behavior. Hugh must escape prison and the Viceroy's villainous henchman, Captain Leeds, before he can fight.




Stars: Peter McEnery, Susan Hampshire, Tom Adams and Gordon Jackson


Awards: None


Film Budget: Unknown

Gross Worldwide: Unknown



 

I guess the drunk fighting song counts right?





 

A brash young rebel inspires a fight for freedom !

  1. Mark Eden had his first starring role in this film, but during the third day of shooting he had to jump off a horse and run down a hill; he caught his foot in a rabbit hole and broke his ankle. This resulted in him being dropped from the film and losing his five-year contract with Disney.

  2. Tom Adams replaced an actor who became ill.

  3. "Red Hugh" O'Donnell (in Irish, Aodh Rua Ó Domhnaill) was born in 1572, a son of Hugh Roe (Aodh mac Maghnusa Ó Domhnaill), king of Tir Connaill. The movie, though heavily fictionalized, contains many elements from his life: He was imprisoned in Dublin Castle, but at age 15, not as an adult. He did escape twice, in 1591 and January of 1592, with the assistance of his friends the O'Neills--in fact, he and two O'Neill brothers are the only men to escape (during which Hugh lost two toes to frostbite). At 20 he became The O'Donnell, Lord of Tyrconnel (now Donegal, hence the movie's title), but on his father's abdication, not his death. In 1593 he declared war against the English, joined in 1596 by the O'Neills, though Donegal Castle was never taken by the English. After his forces won an impressive string of battles, Spain entered the conflict as Ireland's allies in 1601, but the combined force was defeated in 1602 and Hugh fled to Spain, hoping Philip III would provide more aid. Unfortunately, the Prince of Donegal died that year at Simancas Castle.

 

Not too surprising but this one is not available on Disney+ but you can rent on amazon at the link below.



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