|John Wayne||Sean Thornton|
|Maureen O'Hara||Mary Kate Danaher|
|Barry Fitzgerald||Michaleen Flynn|
|Victor McLaglen||Red Will Danaher/Squire Danaher|
|Mildred Natwick||The Widow Sarah Tillane|
|Arthur Shields||Reverend Cyril 'Snuffy' Playfair|
|Ward Bond||Father Peter Lonergan, Narrator|
After accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, boxer Sean Thornton leaves America and returns to his native Ireland, hoping buy his family's homestead and live in peace. In doing so, he runs afoul of Will Danaher, who long coveted the property. Spitefully, Will objects when his fiery sister, Mary Kate, begins a romance with Sean, and refuses to hand over her dowry. Mary Kate refuses to consummate the marriage until Sean retrieves the money.