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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:
Tagline:
He's a brawling, sprawling giant - on the make for fame and fortune and then some!
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:
(14 articles)
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R.I.P. Rod Taylor
 (From Dark Horizons. 9 January 2015, 5:04 AM, PST)

'Time Machine' Star Rod Taylor Dead at 84
 (From Entertainment Tonight. 8 January 2015, 10:18 PM, PST)

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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)
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:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
In an interview Jack Cardiff said that only four minutes and five seconds of the footage shot by John Ford ended up in the finished film. The riot scene was cited by critics as the obvious work of Ford, yet it was completely done by Cardiff who admitted that he found inspiration from Battleship Potemkin (1925)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 »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Good Biopic Of An Increasingly Neglected Writer, 31 August 2008
Author: cwarne_uk

Sean O'Casey was born John Casey, so a film about his early life that calls him John Cassidy makes sense in a sort of way. The film is based on his autobiographies (there are 6 volumes I believe) which are apparently quite readable but not entirely trustworthy. As a committed socialist (even a communist) and protestant O'Casey was to find he had no place in the conservative, catholic Ireland of De Valera. This is the great central irony of the man's life (and of the history of Irish literature of the time), that one of the few great Irish writers to deal directly with the Troubles was eventually driven from the country - so much so that he spent the last 35 years of his life in England and never once went back home. The film "Young Cassidy" is a pretty decent attempt to capture the man and his oddities. Rod Taylor looks nothing like the man but gives an energetic, likable performance. Other performances are OK and it is always nice to see Michael Redgrave, here as Yeats (he looks as little like the real man as Taylor does). Started by John Ford this looks like one of his Irish pictures but thankfully never descends into the blarney that films such as "The Quiet Man" did (Jack Cardiff who directed most of the film deserves more credit than he is usually given for his role). Filmed in Dublin it has a very authentic look. The main problem is in toning down O'Casey and his politics, he was far more radical than he was portrayed here and also far more of an irritant (to whatever country he lived in). In summary a decent biopic, overlooked but worth watching by Ford fans or those interested in Ireland.

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