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Return to Glennascaul (1953)

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Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of "Othello", is driving in the Irish countryside one night when he offers a ride to a man with car trouble. The man relates a strange event ... See full summary »



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Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of "Othello", is driving in the Irish countryside one night when he offers a ride to a man with car trouble. The man relates a strange event that happened to him at the same location. Two women flagged down his car one evening, asking for a ride back to their manor. They invited him in for a drink, and after leaving, he went back for his cigarette case. He found the manor deserted and decayed. In Dublin, a real estate broker told him the mother and daughter had died years ago. Welles, sufficiently spooked, drops the man off at his home, and speeds on by when two other stranded women wave for a ride. Written by Steven Dhuey

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Orson Welles' Ghost Story  »

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The film was given to RCA recording studios in Hammersmith to complete post-production. They engaged Joseph Sterling to edit it. When the film arrived it had been very roughly assembled by someone not used to cutting room procedure; trims tightly wound up, no identification etc. Originly the film's commentary was given by the actor Michael Laurence, who played Sean Merriman. When editing was completed, Hilton Edwards ran the film for Orson Welles. He then decided that he should re-do the commentary. See more »


[last lines]
The Short Woman: Well!
The Tall Woman: Of all the disobliging...!
The Short Woman: Did you see *who* that was?
The Tall Woman: Yes... but I don't believe it.
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References Othello (1952) See more »


Mock Turtles
Music by Wally Stott (i.e. Angela Morley)
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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RETURN TO GLENNASCAUL: A Story That Is Told In Dublin {Short} (Hilton Edwards, 1951) **1/2
9 October 2013 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Travelling through Dublin by car, Orson Welles (playing himself) gives a lift to a stranded man, who recounts a similar but strange occurrence of his own. Not particularly gripping as a ghost story; however, the detail is quite nice…and Mr. Welles' genial presence entirely welcome. Even so, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences thought it enough of a novelty at the time to deem it worthy of an Oscar nomination in the "Best Two-Reel Short Subject" category in 1953 – one that was eventually won by an obscure Walt Disney 'True-Life Adventure' documentary, BEAR COUNTRY! What is interesting to modern audiences in general and Welles scholars in particular is that the short under review was literally shot when the great man was taking a break from the filming of OTHELLO (1952) – an event which is captured in its very opening scenes! In fact, it was co-produced by Micheal MacLiammoir and writer/director Edwards who, were not only portraying Iago and Brabantio in Welles' exceptional filming of Shakespeare's tragedy, but had been Welles' theatrical cohorts in the late 1930s when he was just starting out. The restored version of the short – retitled ORSON WELLES' GHOST STORY – was overseen by genre producer Richard Gordon and introduced by the ubiquitous Peter Bogdanovich.

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