Shake Hands with the Devil

TitleShake Hands with the Devil
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1959
AuthorsAnderson, Michael
Running Time1h 51min
Date Released05/21/1959
DistributorUnited Artists
CountryIreland; United States
Publication LanguageEnglish

During the Irish War of Independence (1919–1923), an Irish-American medical student finds himself caught between the Irish Republican Army and the "Black and Tans," ex-British soldiers recruited into the Royal Irish Constabulary to suppress the rebels. In 1921, Kerry O'Shea (Don Murray) learns that his esteemed professor, Sean Lenihan (James Cagney), is also a leader in Ireland's rebel army. Even though Kerry's father and roommate have both been killed by British troops, he refuses to join the Irish rebellion. However, after Kerry is unjustly imprisoned and tortured by the British "Black and Tans" special forces, he fully commits himself to the cause of Irish freedom. The film was based on the 1933 novel of the same name by Rearden Conner, the son of a Royal Irish Constabulary policeman.

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