Young Cassidy (1965)

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Biographical drama based on the early life of playwright Sean O'Casey, depicting his rise from the 1910 Dublin slums to the celebrated openings of his early plays. Johnny Cassidy, an ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lady Gregory
Mrs. Cassidy
Julie Ross ...
Robin Sumner ...
Philip O'Flynn ...
Mick Mullen (as Phillip O'Flynn)
Pauline Delaney ...
Bessie Ballynoy (as Pauline Delany)
Arthur O'Sullivan ...
Joe Lynch ...
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Biographical drama based on the early life of playwright Sean O'Casey, depicting his rise from the 1910 Dublin slums to the celebrated openings of his early plays. Johnny Cassidy, an impoverished idealist whose ambitions are restricted by the demands of looking after his family, journeys through the social injustices of Dublin life - involving himself with the rowdy tramway-men strike, dawdling with prostitute Daisy Battles, seeking a better life. He falls in love with bookshop assistant Nora who encourages him toward a life of writing. Finding success at the Abbey Theatre, his unorthodox views estrange him from family, friends and his own past. Written by alfiehitchie

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He's a brawling, sprawling giant - on the make for fame and fortune and then some!


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22 April 1965 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

El soñador rebelde  »

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The lead role was originally offered to Sean Connery. See more »


The story is set around 1910. One hour into the story a horse and carriage pass by. A 1960s-era car is seen turning at an intersection where it just came from. See more »

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Billed as "A John Ford Film", although Jack Cardiff is credited as sole director. See more »


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An excellent rendering of O'Casey's story.
23 March 2006 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

"Young Cassidy" is one of my all time favorite movies. I am a big fan of Sean O'Casey, and became a big fan of Rod Taylor's when I first saw this film over 35 years ago. It used to be shown every St. Patrick's day, like The Informer and The Quiet Man, I believe it was WOR, Channel 9 (now the UPN) here in NY, then it just disappeared, and I have been unable to find a VHS or DVD copy of it, a real shame. John Ford worked his usual magic and was well replaced by Jack Cardiff (after Ford fell ill), and a wonderful vision of Ireland in the early 20th Century took shape. It tells of Young Jack Cassidy (O'Casey) and his attempts to break out of the poverty cycle he has been trapped in, to get away and pursue a career as a writer. He is faced with the prejudice that all "common" Irish faced, and then has to survive the madness that overtakes Dublin during the "Easter Rebellion" of 1916, before he finally gets a chance and sails off to London. I have not seen this film in 20 years, and I wish I knew why it was so unavailable. It adheres quite well to O'Casey's Autobiographies, though it is more fun to read his words than see them portrayed.

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