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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Release Date:

22 April 1965 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

El soñador rebelde  »

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1.66 : 1
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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 »


Featured in The Abbey Theatre: The First 100 Years (2004) See more »

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What Ford really directed
22 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Two scenes, but one of them is the best of the whole movie:the mother's death.The camera only shows the hero when he enters the fateful room;we see the tragedy on his face longer than usual before the camera reaches the deathbed.There's a similar scene in JF 's "three godfathers" when the outlaws meet the dying mother in her wagon.The second scene is the fight in the pub which recalls "the quiet man" .

As for the lead,Ford wanted Sean Connery but he was too busy playing OO7.The female parts are strong,featuring Flora Robson,Maggie Smith and Julie Christie ,but the latter only appears for a few minutes.A lot of colorful characters ,from the stingy heartless undertakers to the "keep cool boy" grocer,from the old lady mixing with the riffraff by welcoming the playwright's committed dramas to the obscure librarian ,give the movie substance.

These two scenes and "Seven women" two years later were John Ford's swansong.

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