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1953 (USA) See more »
Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of Othello (1951), 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 »
[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 (1951)See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Story That Is Told In Dublin, 18 March 2000
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

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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