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Hilton Edwards (written by)
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Release Date:
1953 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of "Othello", is driving in the Irish countryside one... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Oscar Horrors: An Irish Ghost Story
 (From FilmExperience. 26 October 2012, 12:33 PM, PDT)

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"A short story straight from the haunted land of Ireland" See more (11 total) »

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Directed by
Hilton Edwards 
 
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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
 
Sound Department
Digby Jones .... sound director
Peter Letts .... assistant sound director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
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
 
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Johanna Harwood .... continuity
T.R. Royle .... presenter
 
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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
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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. 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 »
Quotes:
[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 »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"A short story straight from the haunted land of Ireland", 24 April 2009
Author: ackstasis from Australia

During a break in the filming of 'The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1952),' Orson Welles recounts a creepy "tall tale" allegedly told to him by a broken-down motorist to whom he offered a ride. Welles plays himself in the film, acting not only as the narrator, but more involvedly as the resident storyteller. One can imagine that it was this role, in addition to his obvious talents on radio, that inspired 'The Fountain of Youth (1958)' – a wonderful half-hour television pilot for "The Orson Welles Show," which boasted a concept not dissimilar to "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," but with Welles taking a more active presence in each episode's production (inconceivably, the show was immediately rejected). One also suspects the film's influence on the BBC's "Ghost Story for Christmas" series, the most impressive of examples of which are 'A Warning to the Curious (1972)' and 'The Signalman (1976)' {adapted from stories by M.R. James and Charles Dickens, respectively}.

The best kind of ghost stories, I think, that those told through an intermediary – it keeps them grounded in reality, which paradoxically makes them all the more creepy. The viewer's natural inclination is to trust the narrator's word, but in this case the narrator must rely on the word of the motorist, Sean Merriman (Michael Laurence), who could be making the whole story up… or, he could be completely sincere. It's that uncertainty that makes 'Return to Glennascaul (1951)' a perfectly chilling ghost tale, and a fine companion for a cold, lonely winter's night. We must not, of course, underestimate the emotional resonance of Welles' narrating voice, which contributes just as much atmosphere as Georg Fleischmann's hazy photography. The film was nominated for an Oscar in 1954, but lost out to 'Bear Country (1953),' one of Walt Disney's two-reeler nature documentaries. In any case, think about 'Return to Glennascaul' next time you decide to pick up two female hitch-hikers – I, for one, will be following Orson's example!

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