1965 Walt Disney Shooting Script Fighting Prince of Donegal


The original shooting script for the 1965 Disney film ‘The Fighting Prince of Donegal’, starring Peter McEnery as Hugh O'Donnell and Susan Hampshire as Kathleen McSweeney.

The film is based on the book ‘Red Hugh: Prince of Donegal’ by Robert T. Reilly. The script is broken down into sequences and appears complete. The sequences begin with a description of the set, props and characters and the backing music. The pages are coloured, but this doesn’t coordinate with the story, and changes without reason. The lines and titles are occasionally edited in pen. The front cover has printed in capitals: “THE FIGHTING PRINCE OF DONEGAL” PROD. 7164 - SHOOTING SCRIPT – ROBERT WESTERBY – JUNE 10, 1965 - WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS. There are 151 pages. The cover also has marked in pencil Mike Hopkins and number 37 in ink.

John Westerby is the screen writer, who adapted the book for film. The film was released by the Buena Vista Distribution Company. The film was directed by Michael O'Herlihy (1929 – 1997) was an Irish television producer and director who directed shows like Gunsmoke (1955), Maverick (1957), Star Trek (1965), Hawaii Five-O (1968), M*A*S*H (1972) and The A-Team (1983). He was born in Dublin, Ireland.

The film is set in the late 1580s, the film very loosely follows the real-life exploits of the 16th century Irish prince "Red" Hugh O'Donnell. The story begins when Hugh's father, the Chief of the Name, dies, leaving his son as Chief of Clan O'Donnell. With his ascension to the throne, an Irish prophecy is seemingly fulfilled which promises independence from Elizabethan and English rule. In response, the Queen's Lord Lieutenant abducts him and imprisons him in Dublin Castle as a hostage for the Clan's good behaviour. After a daring escape, he flies across Ireland with the sons of Hugh Roe O'Neill. The O'Donnell lords see this occurrence as the opportunity to strike back at the foreigners by force, but Hugh convinces them the right plan is to band together with the other clans of the island, and bargain for their freedom from a position of strength. As he prepares for battle, O'Donnell also courts the beautiful Kathleen McSweeney, to further augment the clans of Ireland.

The film cast also includes: Tom Adams, Gordon Jackson, Norman Wooland, Richard Leech, Peter Jeffrey, Marie Kean, Bill Owen, Maurice Roëves and Donal McCann.

Size: 28 x 21.5 x 1.5 cm (11 x 8 ½ x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 676 g