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Orson Welles, on break from filming Othello, relates a tale he heard one spooky Irish midnight not so long ago when, driving through the countryside, he picked up a man with car trouble who... See more »

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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
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Narrator / Orson Welles
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Hilton Edwards

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Hilton Edwards ... (screen play)

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Hilton Edwards ... producer
Richard Gordon ... executive producer: restored version
Micheál MacLiammóir ... producer (as Micheál Mac Liammóir)

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Hans Gunther Stumpf

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Georg Fleischmann

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Joseph Sterling

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Peter Pitt ... assistant editor

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Tony Inglis

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Raymond Percy ... production manager

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Cecil F. Ford ... assistant director (as Cecil Ford)

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Digby Jones ... sound director
Peter Letts ... assistant sound director

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Harry Morrison ... chief electrician
Lian O'Laoghaire ... assistant camera

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Paul Smith ... wardrobe

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Mercedes Bolger ... musician: harp
Sile Larchet ... musician: harp

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Johanna Harwood ... continuity
T.R. Royle ... presenter
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SPOILER: Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of Othello (1951), is driving in the Irish countryside one night when he offers a ride to a man with car trouble. The man relates a strange event that happened to him at the same location. Two women flagged down his car one evening, asking for a ride back to their manor. They invited him in for a drink, and after leaving, he went back for his cigarette case. He found the manor deserted and decayed. In Dublin, a real estate broker told him the mother and daughter had died years ago. Welles, sufficiently spooked, drops the man off at his home, and speeds on by when two other stranded women wave for a ride. Written by Steven Dhuey

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Also Known As
  • A Story That Is Told in Dublin (Ireland, English title)
  • Return to Glennascaul: A Story That Is Told in Dublin (World-wide, English title)
  • Retour à Glennascaul (France)
  • Возвращение в Гленнаскол (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Orson Welles' Ghost Story
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Trivia 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 »
Goofs The narrator says that Sean Merriman returns to the house when he realizes he left his cigarette case on the mantle. However, Lucy Campbell was holding the case when Sean noticed the lateness of the hour and suddenly got up to leave, forgetting to get the case from Lucy in his haste. It is Lucy who places the case on the mantle, which goes unnoticed by Sean while he is bidding farewell to Lucy's mother. See more »
Movie Connections References Othello (1951). See more »
Soundtracks Crime Wave See more »
Quotes Orson Welles: What happened to your car?
Sean Merriman: I had trouble with the distributor. I say, aren't you...?
Orson Welles: Uh... yes, I am. I've had trouble with my Distributor, too.
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