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TitleROSALEEN DHU
Production companyCeltic Cinema Company
Country of originIreland
ProducerPOWERS, William J.
DirectorPOWERS, William J.
Script/AdaptationPOWERS, William J. (from the
play Rosaleen Dhu by Joseph Denver)
PhotographyTOBIN, Matthew
CastWilliam J Powers (Ned Malone), Kitty Hart (heiress).
Colourb&w
Soundsil
Release date1919
CopyRTE
SummaryIn 1879-82 during the Land War in Connemara, a Fenian is evicted
from his home and framed for murder. As a result, he is forced to emigrate.
He joins the French Foreign Legion and while in Algeria he marries a local
girl who, when he returns to Ireland, turns out to be the kidnapped heiress
of an Irish estate.
Note4 reels. IR Rel 16/12/1919; GB Rel ca. 17/3/1920. Note: Dhu is the Irish word for Dark; the title translates as Dark Rosaleen. The desert scenes were filmed on a beach at Arklow, Co. Wicklow, the eviction scene was filmed at a cottage on Bray Head, and 'Ned Malone's' farewell to Ireland was filmed in Bray harbour. A portable processing facility was set up for the film at the rear of Powers' business premises. Kitty Hart was an amateur actor with more than ten years stage experience. During the filming at Leopardstown racecourse, Dublin, of his next film, AN IRISH VENDETTA, from a Nat Gould novel. Powers, who was playing the lead in the film, was thrown from a horse on 6/6/1920 and died on 22/6/1920 from his injuries. This film was not completed. No further films were made by the company. The other film made by the Celtic Cinema Co was WILLIE SCOUTS WHILE JESSIE POUTS (Irl 1918). 'Happily anything that could be objectionable in the way of political controversy or class hatred is completely absent from the picture... One is struck with wonder at the glorious profusion of the most picturesque array of Irish mountain and glen and wooded landscape which the producer has so cleverly incorporated throughout the parts which are founded in Ireland, and again the scenes in Algiers show also the real Arab country.' (IL Dec 1919:19).
ReferenceDEM 1/5/1920:2; IL Mar 1920 (ad); KW 5/2/1920. Gifford 06870: Feb 1920; IT 16/8/1977:8; IT 24/4/1995:13.
Format35mm
LanguageEnglish
Production creditsp.c: Celtic Cinema Company, p/d: William J Powers, sc: Powers from the
play Rosaleen Dhu by Joseph Denver, c: Matthew Tobin.
Genre/CategoryHistorical Drama
Feature Film Drama
Theatrical Adaptation
KeywordsLand Wars (1879-1882)

Contact: irishfilm@tcd.ie | Last updated: Aug 13 2019.