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Director:
Writers:
John Whiting (screenplay)
Sean O'Casey (autobiography "Mirror in My House")
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Release Date:
22 April 1965 (Argentina) See more »
Genre:
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Plot:
Biographical drama based on the early life of playwright Sean O'Casey, depicting his rise from the 1910... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more »
NewsDesk:
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Strong on character, weak on plot See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rod Taylor ... John Cassidy

Julie Christie ... Daisy Battles

Maggie Smith ... Nora

Michael Redgrave ... W.B. Yeats

Edith Evans ... Lady Gregory
Flora Robson ... Mrs. Cassidy

Jack MacGowran ... Archie

Siân Phillips ... Ella

T.P. McKenna ... Tom
Julie Ross ... Sara
Robin Sumner ... Michael
Philip O'Flynn ... Mick Mullen (as Phillip O'Flynn)
Pauline Delaney ... Bessie Ballynoy (as Pauline Delany)
Arthur O'Sullivan ... Foreman
Joe Lynch ... 1st Hurler
Vincent Dowling ... 2nd Hurler
Tom Irwin ... Constable
John McDarby ... Carman at Cat & Cage
John Cowley ... Barman at Cat & Cage
Gerry Sullivan ... Barman (as Gerard Sullivan)
Bill Foley ... Publisher's Clerk (as William Foley)
John Franklyn ... Bankteller
Harry Brogan ... Murphy
James Healey ... Bank Clerk
Anne Dalton ... Neighbour

Donal Donnelly ... 1st Hearseman
Martin Crosbie ... 2nd Hearseman
Fred Johnson ... Cab Driver
Eddie Golden ... Captain White
Chris Curran ... Man in Phoenix Park (as Christopher Curran)
James Fitzgerald ... Charlie Ballynoy
Eamon Kelly ... Feeney
Shivaun O'Casey ... Lady Gregory's Maid
Harold Goldblatt ... Abbey Theatre Manager
Daniel Skidd ... Shelly
Ronald Ibbs ... Theatre Attendant
May Craig ... Woman in Foyer
May Cluskey ... Woman in Foyer
Marcella Grimes ... Woman in Riot
Michael O'Brian ... Man in Riot
Derek Young ... Policeman
Clive Geraghty ... Policeman
Wesley Murphy ... Policeman
Donal LeBlanc ... Boy with Books
Henry B. Longhurst ... Doctor (as Henry Longhurst)
Eamon Morrissey ... 3rd Hurler
Jack O'Reilly ... 4th Hurler
Dermot Tuohy ... 1st Man in Drill Hall
John Dunn-Hill ... 2nd Man in Drill Hall (as John Dunn Hill)

David Kelly ... O'Brien
Sheila Manahan ... 1st Neighbour
Nora O'Rawe ... 2nd Neighbour

Guy Doleman ... Officer
Norman Smythe ... Soldier
Michael C. Hennessy ... Theatre Attendant (as Michael Hennessy)
Pat Layde ... Guard
Finnuala O'Shannon ... 1st Girl at Abbey Theatre
Maire Hastings ... 2nd Girl at Abbey Theatre
Geraldine Plunkett ... 3rd Girl at Abbey Theatre
Liz Davies ... 4th Girl at Abbey Theatre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Derry Power ... Captain White's Platoon Member (uncredited)
Larry Taylor ... 2nd Theatre Thug (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Cardiff 
John Ford (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
John Whiting (screenplay)

Sean O'Casey (autobiography "Mirror in My House")

Produced by
Robert Emmett Ginna .... producer
Robert D. Graff .... producer
Michael Killanin .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Sean O'Riada 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Scaife  (as Ted Scaife)
 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Stringer 
 
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse 
 
Makeup Department
Ernest Gasser .... makeup artist
Maude Onslow .... hair stylist (as Maud Onslow)
 
Production Management
Edward Joseph .... production supervisor (as Teddy Joseph)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Quested .... assistant director
Grania O'Shannon .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bob Allen .... sound mixer (as Robert Allen)
Winston Ryder .... dubbing editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Atcheler .... camera operator (as Jack Atchelor)
Alan Boast .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Tony Spratling .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Geoff R. Brown .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Marcus Dods .... musical director
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer
Phyllis Crocker .... continuity
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
Germany:105 min | USA:110 min | Argentina:108 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director John Ford fell ill during production and was replaced by Jack Cardiff.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rod Taylor: Return to Oz (2005) (V)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Strong on character, weak on plot, 28 May 2010
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

"Young Cassidy" was to have been directed by John Ford, but he had to withdraw owing to illness about three weeks into filming, and was replaced by Jack Cardiff, who was credited as director. Had Ford completed it, it would have been his penultimate film; he was to complete one more film, "Seven Women", the following year. Ford was himself of Irish descent and occasionally made films on Irish subjects, such as "The Quiet Man".

The film is a biography based upon the life of the dramatist Sean O'Casey, here called John Cassidy. (O'Casey's original name was John Casey, although his family also used the name Cassidy. He Gaelicised his name to Seán Ó Cathasaigh and eventually settled on Sean O'Casey, a compromise between the English and Irish forms). The name may have been changed to allow the film-makers greater freedom to introduce fictional elements into O'Casey's life. For example, in 1926, the year the film ends, he would have been 46, no longer particularly "young" and more than a decade older than Rod Taylor was in 1965.

The film opens 1911 when Cassidy is working as a labourer in Dublin and chronicles the beginning of his literary career, ending with the performance of his play "The Plough and the Stars", which provokes a riot at the Abbey Theatre. The film also chronicles his relations with his family, his love life and his commitment to both socialism and Irish nationalism. Other historical figures are introduced, such as W.B. Yeats, Ireland's leading writer who hails Cassidy as an outstanding new talent, and the literary patron Lady Gregory.

The film's main weakness is perhaps summed by a critic's reaction to one of Cassidy's plays, namely that it is strong on character and weak on plot. The same could be said about the film itself. Although the various characters are well developed, there is no strongly developed plot line. There are occasional action sequences, in themselves well done, such as the scenes of the "Dublin Lock-Out" (a violent industrial dispute) of 1913, the Easter Rising of 1916 and the "Plough and the Stars" riot, in between these the film is rather static and dominated by conversation

Potentially interesting themes tend to be dealt with in a throwaway manner. Cassidy's girlfriend Nora rejects his proposal of marriage and leaves him, even though she is deeply in love with him, because she fears that marriage will have a deleterious effect on his artistic creativity. The idea of a woman sacrificing her happiness for her lover's art could have been an interesting one- could, indeed, have furnished the subject-matter for a whole film- but here it is dealt with very briefly.

Similarly the film touches on, but does not really deal with, the underlying tension between the two political causes to which Cassidy gives his allegiance- socialism, with its ideals of international brotherhood, and Irish nationalism, with its ethos of "ourselves alone" (the literal meaning of the Irish phrase Sinn Fein). It was in fact this tension which led to the "Plough and the Stars" riot, when conservative, middle-class nationalists in the audience took exception to O'Casey's more left-wing perspective and what they saw as his disrespectful attitude to the "heroes" of the Easter Rising. (They also objected to his treatment of religion and sex, especially his making one of his characters a prostitute; in the film one protesting woman exclaims that there is not a single prostitute in the whole of Ireland!)

The film does, however, also have its strong points, and its two greatest strengths are its sense of place- the Dublin of the 1910s and 1920s is brought vividly to life- and the acting. Strangely enough, few of the leading actors were actually Irish- Taylor was Australian and Maggie Smith, Julie Christie, Michael Redgrave, Edith Evans and Flora Robson were all English. (Christie received second billing even though for such a well-known actress she had a surprisingly small role, that of Cassidy's early mistress Daisy Battles). Nevertheless, the Irish accents are well done and never go over the top as sometimes happens with English actors called upon to play Irish roles. Taylor makes Cassidy a strong and rugged hero, and Robson is particularly good as Cassidy's stoical, long-suffering working-class mother.

"Young Cassidy" has its points of interest, but overall I felt that O'Casey was obviously a fascinating character, both as a man and as a writer, and that a stronger biography could have been made of him. 6/10

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