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Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of Othello (1951), is driving in the Irish countryside one night when he offers a ride to a man with car trouble. The man relates a strange ... See full summary »

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Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of Othello (1951), 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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"Glennascaul" is Irish for "Glen of the Shadows." 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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Mock Turtles
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Music by Wally Stott (i.e. Angela Morley)
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Spooky
2 November 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interesting short narrated by Orson Welles about a ghost story "told in Dublin" (as the film says). Only about a half hour long, it's not really scary and the acting is uneven (to say the least), but it's beautifully shot. Some of the scenes in it were breathtaking and even though I knew the ending, I was interested. A most interesting little movie. Good thing it's available on video. Worth seeing on Halloween night.


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