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Release Date:
1953 (USA) See more »
Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of Othello (1952), is driving in the Irish countryside... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Oscar Horrors: An Irish Ghost Story
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Michael Laurence ... Sean Merriman
Shelah Richards ... Mrs. Campbell
Helena Hughes ... Lucy Campbell
John Dunne ... Daly
Isobel Couser ... The Short Woman
Ann Clery ... The Tall Woman

Orson Welles ... Narrator / Orson Welles
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hilton Edwards ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Hilton Edwards 
Writing credits
Hilton Edwards (written by)

Produced by
Hilton Edwards .... producer
Richard Gordon .... executive producer: restored version
Micheál MacLiammóir .... producer (as Micheál Mac Liammóir)
Original Music by
Hans Gunther Stumpf 
Cinematography by
Georg Fleischmann 
Film Editing by
Joseph Sterling 
Art Direction by
Tony Inglis 
Production Management
Raymond Percy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cecil F. Ford .... assistant director (as Cecil Ford)
Sound Department
Digby Jones .... sound director
Peter Letts .... assistant sound director
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Morrison .... chief electrician
Lian O'Laoghaire .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paul Smith .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Peter Pitt .... assistant editor
Music Department
Mercedes Bolger .... musician: harp
Sile Larchet .... musician: harp
Other crew
Johanna Harwood .... continuity
T.R. Royle .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"A Story That Is Told in Dublin" - Ireland (English title) (subtitle)
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UK:23 min | USA:23 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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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 »
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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Spooky, 2 November 1999
Author: preppy-3 from United States

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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