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Shake Hands with the Devil is a 1959 film directed by Michael Anderson. The picture was filmed in Dublin, and at Ardmore Studios in Bray, Ireland.

The film is set in 1921 Dublin, where the Irish Republican Army battles the Black and Tans, ex-British soldiers sent to suppress the rebels. It stars James Cagney as Sean Lenihan and Don Murray as Kerry O'Shea. Also featured are Dana Wynter, Glynis Johns, Sybil Thorndike, Michael Redgrave, and Richard Harris.


Irish-American Kerry O'Shea (Don Murray) is studying medicine at the College of Surgeons in 1921 Dublin, Ireland. Apolitical and sick of killing after fighting in World War I, he is drawn into the struggle between the Irish Republican Army and the British Black and Tans after his friend and fellow medical student Paddy Nolan (Ray McAnally) is shot and killed. Complications ensue when Kerry falls for a beautiful English hostage, and the British offer a peace treaty that is not enough to satisfy Sean Lenihan, the leader of the rebel organization, and Kerry's former professor.