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Return to Glennascaul (1953)

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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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. Originally, the film's commentary was given by 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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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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Mock Turtles
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Music by Wally Stott (i.e. Angela Morley)
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A Story That Is Told In Dublin
18 March 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Driving to Dublin late one night, Orson Welles stops to pick-up a stranded motorist. The man proceeds to tell Welles about what happened to him late one evening at that very spot in the road, when he was flagged down by two women. As his tale continues, it wraps back to enfold Welles and the viewer in its skein of mystery - inviting us all to RETURN TO GLENNASCAUL...

In 1951, during a hiatus in the production of his OTHELLO, two of the actors in the Shakespearean film asked Welles, their old friend, to appear in a short film they were producing. They were Hilton Edwards & Micheál Mac Liammóir, the founders of the famed Dublin Gate Theatre. They thought Welles would be the perfect choice to tell their little ghost tale. They were right

  • his magnificent voice still worked its magic as it had in


radio's heyday. Others in the cast, all excellent, were Michael Laurence (also on leave from OTHELLO), Shelah Richards & Helena Hughes.

This Irish two-reeler is a superb example of what can be done in a very short amount of screen time. Beautifully crafted, not a frame of film or line of dialogue is wasted. Intriguing & entertaining, it's a shame this little gem is so obscure today.


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