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TitleRETURN TO GLENNASCAUL: A STORY THAT IS TOLD IN DUBLIN
ORSON WELLES' RETURN TO GLENNASCAUL
RETURN TO GLENNASCAUL
Production companyMicheal MacLiammoir and Hilton Edwards
Dublin Gate Theatre Productions
Country of originIreland
ProducerELLIMAN, Louis
MacLIAMMOIR, Micheal
DirectorEDWARDS, Hilton
Script/AdaptationEDWARDS, Hilton
PhotographyFLEICHMANN, George
Sound recordingJONES, Digby
EditingSTERLING, Joseph
Art directionINGLIS, Tony
Music composerSTUMPF, Hans Gunther
Music performanceLARCHET, Sile (Harp)
BOLGER, Mercedes (Harp)
NarratorWELLES, Orson
CastMichael Lawrence (Sean Merriman), Shelah Richards (Mrs Campbell), Helena Hughes (Lucy Campbell), John Dunne (Daly), Isobel Couser (the short woman), Ann Clery (the tall woman), Orson Welles (himself).
Colourb&w
Soundsound
Duration23
Release date1951
CopyNFTVA
IFA (VHS)
SummaryDriving back to Dublin, Orson Welles stops to help a young man, Sean Merriman, whose car has broken down. While giving him a lift Merriman tells Welles a ghost story concerning an experience which happened to him when he gave a lift to women on the same road. Accepting their invitation, he went to their house where he was attracted to a young woman. On the following day he returned to the house only to find it derelict and deserted. Going upstairs he discovered on a mantelpiece his own cigarette case which he left in the house on the previous day. Bewildered, he goes to an auctioneer's office to be told that the house has been vacant for many years. As he finishes his story, Welles notices two women hitchhiking on the road who recall the two women in his companion's story. He accelerates away from them as they exclaim in disgust at who has passed them by. (V).
NoteAka GHOST STORY; ORSON WELLES' RETURN TO GLENNASCAUL. T R Royle was a pseudonym used by Louis Elliman for some of his theatrical enterprises. Liam Laoghaire's name is misspelled as Lian Laoghaire on the film's credits. The scenes with Orson Welles were filmed in Italy. Welles' involvement in the film was in part to repay his friends MacLiammoir and Edwards, at whose Gate Theatre he had acted while a teenager in the 1930s, for their acting work in his film version of OTHELLO (1951). This film was nominated in 1953 for an Academy Award in the Best Two-Reel Short Subject category.
ReferenceMFB Dec 1952:177; ST 2/11/1952; TC 22/8/1952. Gifford 11618: Dec 1951.
Format35mm
DistributorGeneral Film Distributors (GB)
LanguageEnglish
Production creditsp.c: Micheal MacLiammoir and Hilton Edwards Dublin Gate Theatre Productions, pres: T R Royle, p: Louis Elliman, MacLiammoir, d/sc: Edwards, c: George Fleischmann, art d: Tony Inglis, introduced by/narr: Orson Welles, ed: Joseph Sterling, s.d: Digby Jones, p.m: Raymond Percy, m: Hans Gunther Stumpf, harps played by: Sile Larchet, Mercedes Bolger, a.d: Cecil Ford, a.c: Liam O Laoghaire, a.s.d: Peter Letts, a. ed: Peter Pitt, cont: Johanna Harwood, hair: Thuilliers, ward: Paul Smith, chief elec: Harry Morrison.
Genre/CategoryHorror Film
Supernatural Drama
Ghost Story
KeywordsGhosts
Hauntings
Supernatural

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