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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr


Indiana Jones: The Easter Rebellion Indiana Jones
"The Easter Rebellion"
(Originally TV episode "Ireland, April 1916)
(0:00-48:38 on the Love's Sweet Song DVD)
Written by Jonathan Hales
Story by George Lucas
Directed by Gillies MacKinnon
Bookends directed by Carl Schultz
Original air date: June 12, 1993

Indy and Remy get involved in the Easter Rebellion.


Read the "April 1916" and "April 24, 1916" entries of the It’s Not the Years, It’s the Mileage Indiana Jones chronology for a summary of this episode


Notes from the Indiana Jones chronology


This episode takes place in Ireland, April 1916.


Didja Know?


The title of this episode ("The Easter Rebellion") is taken from the common name of the historical event that Indy witnesses here.


The previous story in the PopApostle Indiana Jones chronology, "A Piece of the Action" (a comic strip story in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles #1 magazine), has some minor inconsistencies to how Indy and Remy traveled to Europe compared to how they arrive in this episode. In "A Piece of the Action", Indy and Remy have seemingly booked passage on a fairly small steamer from Veracruz to London, but in our current episode, they arrive in Queenstown, Ireland on a large cruise ship, having stowed away, but were caught and are having to work cleaning the engine room for their passage. Our current story has Indy and Remy arriving in Queenstown first (and participating in the Easter Rebellion there), before heading to London in the next episode, "Love's Sweet Song" (where they enlist at a Belgian recruitment center).


Notes from the Old Indy bookends of The Young Indiana Chronicles


Watch the bookends of this episode at YouTube 


The Old Indy bookends take place on Staten Island in May 1993.


The vacuum cleaner Old Indy uses in his daughter's home is a Hoover model.


The soap opera Indy watches is a fictitious one, as far as I can tell.


As Old Indy begins his story, he tells his daughter that he and Remy took a ship to Queenstown. Presumably, this is the Irish town which was known as Queenstown from 1849-1920, now known as Cobh.


About 1:22 into the opening bookend, what appears to be a company name, E. O'Chagain Shipping and Storage is seen stenciled on the side of a pedestrian bridge in Queenstown. I've been unable to confirm this company name as having existed in the real world. The name is seen again on a wall at a loading dock at 19:47 on the DVD.


Notes from The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones


The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones is a 2008 publication that purports to be Indy's journal as seen throughout The Young Indiana Chronicles and the big screen Indiana Jones movies. The publication is also annotated with notes from a functionary of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, the successor agency of the Soviet Union's KGB. The FSB relieved Indy of his journal in 1957 during the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The notations imply the journal was released to other governments by the FSB in the early 21st Century. However, some bookend segments of The Young Indiana Chronicles depict Old Indy still in possession of the journal in 1992. The discrepancy has never been resolved. 


The journal page on which Indy has taped an Irish government notice concerns the Easter Rebellion events of this episode. The header of the notice is in Irish, "POBLACHT NA H EIREANN", which translates to "Irish Republic." This notice was an actual proclamation issued by the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army. It is what the leaders of the uprising read out loud to the masses in front of the post office at 34:16 on the DVD.


The Irish Republican Brotherhood, Irish Volunteers, and Irish Citizen Army mentioned in the notice were all actual organizations of Ireland involved in the Easter Rebellion depicted in this episode. The signers of the document were all actual political activists of the time involved in the rebellion. Several of them are seen or mentioned in this episode.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Indiana Jones

Old Indy's daughter (unnamed)

Lucy (Old Indy's granddaughter, mentioned only)

Remy Baudouin


Rooney (O'Connell Bar owner)

Sean O'Casey

Maggie Lemass


Sean Lemass

Pancho Villa (mentioned only)

Ultan Kavanagh

William Butler Yeats

George Bernard Shaw (mentioned only)

Bree Delap (mentioned only)

Betty (mentioned only)

Michael Fogarty (mentioned only)

Nell Murphy (mentioned only)


Pearse (mentioned only, dies in this episode)

Clarke (mentioned only, dies in this episode)

MacDonagh (mentioned only, dies in this episode)

MacBride (mentioned only, dies in this episode)

Plunkett (mentioned only, dies in this episode)




Didja Notice?


The ship Indy and Remy depart from at Queenstown is completely different from the one that was depicted as they were crossing the ocean!


From Queenstown, Indy and Remy hitch a ride in the back of a truck to Dublin. As they ride in the truck, Remy welcomes Indy to Great Britain and Indy responds he thought this was Ireland. Remy has to explain that Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. It seems highly unlikely that a world-travelled, history-knowledgeable person like Indy, even at this young age, would not know that Ireland was part of the UK at this time, as it had been for centuries!


Indy and Remy are dropped off at the corner of Cork Hill and Castle Street in Dublin. See it on Google Maps.


Indy visits the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. It became the official national theatre of Ireland in 1925, receiving an annual subsidy from the government.


    As Indy and Remy pass a pair of fair young ladies at 4:04 on the DVD, Remy says, "We are in Dublin fair city where the girls are so pretty." This is a line from the 18th Century Irish song "Molly Malone".

    Indy and Remy are in front of the gate of historic Dublin Castle in this scene.


To earn money for passage to London, Indy and Remy get jobs at O'Connell Bar in Dublin. As far as I can tell, this is a fictitious bar for the time. Later in the episode, when Indy finally tells Maggie he's not rich, he says he's just a waiter at Rooney's pub. I suppose it could be that Rooney is the name of the owner even though the pub is called O'Connell Bar.


At 4:17 on the DVD, the portraits seen on the wall of the bar appear to be of King George V and Queen Mary, the monarchs of the UK at the time.


    At the bar, a fight breaks out between a Fenian and another Irishman. As Sean O'Casey tells Indy, a Fenian is a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, an organization dedicated to the establishment of a democratic republic in Ireland independent from the UK.

    Sean O'Casey (1880-1964) was an Irish dramatist and socialist.


At 5:21 on the DVD, a box of Ipso soap powder is seen on a shelf in the O'Connell Bar kitchen. Ipso is a maker of commercial washing products.


The car seen at 6:10 on the DVD appears to be a 1915 Buick Model D-45.


The banners reading "We Serve Neither King nor Kaiser, But Ireland" were actual banners used for recruitment of members into the Irish Citizen Army.


The bakery Indy enters at 6:28 on the DVD, was shot on location at Kirkland Bros., an historic bakery in Liverpool, England. It has since closed and the building became the Fly in the Loaf pub.


Sean Lemass (1899-1971) was an Irish politician who participated in the Easter Rebellion, the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921), and the Irish Civil War (1922-1923). His sister Maggie seen in this episode is fictitious.


Maggie invites Indy to meet her for a matinee at the Tivoli Theatre the next day. This was an actual theatre in Dublin, but it did not open until 1934! It can also be seen when Indy arrives at the theatre that the exterior is actually the Theatre Royal for the on-location shooting of this scene.


The two cars seen in the background at 9:56 on the DVD are Dodge touring cars.


The stage performer seen at 11:37 on the DVD has a placard at the edge of the stage naming him as Ultan Kavanagh. As far as I can tell, this was a fictitious performer. The song he sings is "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" from the play The Isle O' Dreams (1912).


    The poster outside the Tivoli advertises a musical olio featuring John Gray, Alphonso Bowmer, T.C. Owden, and Arthur Nelson. As far as I can tell, these are all fictitious performers.

    The phrase "Rock Harmonicon" is also seen on this poster. A rock harmonicon, also called a stone xylophone, is a musical instrument devised by musician John Richardson in the 1800s, made of actual stones.


The beer bottle seen on the counter at 13:54 on the DVD appears to be Imperial Ale. I've not been able to confirm whether this was an actual brand for the time.


The exterior of the Abbey Theatre seen at 15:45 on the DVD is actually the Brook Theatre in Medway, England.


The play Indy and O'Casey see in rehearsal at the Abbey is Cathleen ni Houlihan (1902), a one-act play by William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory. As Yeats later tells Sean and Indy here, he claimed the play came to him in a dream.


O'Casey sarcastically refers to William Butler Yeats, who is directing the play, as "His Nibs." "Nibs" is an English term for a self-important person.


Yeats is somewhat critical of George Bernard Shaw. Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright and political activist.


O'Casey rails about Yeats' Celtic dogs, Brian Borus, and Cathleen ni Houlihans. I'm not sure when Yeats ever made more than a passing reference to dogs. He wrote about Brian Boru, an Irish king in the 11th Century, without using the ruler's name, in his 1913 poem "The Grey Rock."


At 21:20 on the DVD, Indy lies on the beach in front of the Killiney Hotel. As far as I can find, this is a fictitious establishment. Killiney is a seaside resort area of Dublin.


O'Casey mentions the entertainment value of Tom Mix and Charlie Chaplin. Tom Mix (1880-1940) was an American star of silent Western films. Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) was a British comedic actor and filmmaker.


O'Casey tells Sean Lemass he can tell the boys at Liberty Hall he's resigned. Liberty Hall was the headquarters of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union and also the headquarters of the Irish Citizen Army at the time. It is now the HQ of the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU).


At the swimming pool, Indy tells Lemass that he's going to sign up for the Belgian Army when he gets to London because "...this war has to be fought. Above all it has to be won. The alternative is unthinkable." Indy used almost these same words (stolen from a letter written to him by Lawrence of Arabia) in "Spring Break Adventure".


At 27:39 on the DVD, a business called P. Frawley is seen next to the O'Connell Bar. As far as I can tell, this is a fictitious business.


At 28:46 on the DVD, Maggie is telling an anecdote to Nuala about Nell Murphy. "Nell Murphy" is the name of the actress who is playing Nuala in this episode!


At 33:32 on the DVD, a steam locomotive driving past has "A.G. & R.G. Monday Engineers" painted on the roof. I've been unable to confirm this business.


Just as depicted here, the General Post Office of Dublin served as the headquarters of the leaders of the Easter Uprising when it began on April 24, 1916.


A man comes running into the bar at 36:34 on the DVD and announces that the rebels have taken over the Four Courts, Jacob's factory, and Boland's Mills, and are digging trenches in Stephen's Green. These are all actual locations where fighting occurred during the weeklong uprising. "Jacob's factory" refers to the Jacob's biscuit factory in Dublin.


The truck seen at 37:14 on the DVD is a 1923 Ford Model T.


At 37:55 on the DVD, a government poster proclaiming, "Waste Not, Want Not, Save the Nation's Bread" is seen posted outside the bar. This was a real world WWI poster sponsored by the British Ministry of Food.


At 40:19 on the DVD, notice that the two overturned cars forming part of the blockade of the street are the same car! A digital image of the same wrecked car is used twice in the shot!


This episode gives the impression the Easter Rebellion lasted only about one day but, in reality, it was almost a week.


The prison Sean Lemass is held in near the end of the episode is Kilmainham Gaol, a real prison in Dublin at the time, now a museum.


Indy regretfully tells Lemass that Pearse, Clarke, MacDonagh, MacBride, and Plunkett were all executed for treason after the rebel surrender. These were all historical players in the uprising who were executed.


After advising Indy on the difference between infatuation and love, Remy nevertheless suggests they join a trio of delightful-looking young ladies on the ferry, as he begins to sing, "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may." This is a line from the 1648 poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by English poet Robert Herrick.


Memorable Dialog


war and women never mix.mp3

one bloody step up from interesting.mp3

I want to write plays that stink of life.mp3

where life for one moment becomes theatre.mp3

why didn't you stop me?.mp3 


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