|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|
In an attempt to escape his past, Sean Thornton returns to America to reclaim his homestead. Once he is home, his eye is caught by Mary, a poor maiden with an ill-tempered older brother named Will. Their relationship is constantly on attack by Will, which forms the main plot line, with Sean's past as the undercurrent.