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Return to Glennascaul (1953)

 -  Short | Horror | Mystery  -  1953 (USA)
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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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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 »

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Orson Welles: What happened to your car?
Sean Merriman: I had trouble with the distributor. I say, aren't you...?
Orson Welles: Uh... yes, I am. I've had trouble with my distributor too.
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References Othello (1952) See more »

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Music by Bob Busby
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Eerie little piece
25 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Interesting little short subject has Welles playing himself during a break from his tortuous shooting of "Othello". While driving thru Dublin on a stormy night, Welles offers a lift to a man with car trouble, who then recounts to him a supernatural experiance he'd had on the same stretch of road years ago.

A very measured short subject {seasoned quite well by the always welcome timbre of Welles' narration} keeps you interested thru the climax of the passenger's flashback which is genuinely chilling.

Listen quickly for Welles inside joke on the trouble with distributors...mechanical and otherwise.


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