Young Cassidy (1965)

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    Plot Summary
    Biographical drama based on the early life of playwright Sean O'Casey,
    depicting his rise from the 1910 Dublin slums to the celebrated openings of his early plays.
    Johnny Cassidy, an impoverished idealist whose ambitions are restricted by the demands
    of looking after his family, journeys through the social injustices of
    Dublin life - involving himself with the rowdy tramway-men strike,
    dawdling with prostitute Daisy Battles, seeking a better life.
    He falls in love with bookshop assistant Nora who encourages him toward a life of writing.
    Finding success at the Abbey Theatre, his unorthodox views estrange him
    from family, friends and his own past.
    Written by alfiehitchie

    Full Cast
    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

    Derry Power ... Captain White's Platoon Member (uncredited)
    Larry Taylor ... 2nd Theatre Thug (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    John Whiting (screenplay)
    Sean O'Casey (autobiography "Mirror in My House")

    Original Music
    Sean O'Riada

    Edward Scaife

    Director John Ford fell ill during production and was replaced by Jack Cardiff.

    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

    Filming Locations
    County Wicklow, Ireland
    MGM British Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK (studio)

    Original Trailer

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • Young Cassidy is a 1965 film directed by Jack Cardiff and John Ford,
    and starring Rod Taylor, Mggie Smith, Julie Christie and Michael Redgrave.
    The film is a biographical drama based upon the life of the playwright Sean O'Casey.

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    Best Wishes
    London- England