Young Cassidy (1965)

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    • Young Cassidy (1965)




      Information from IMDb

      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

      The post was edited 3 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: John Ford- Young Cassidy (1965)

      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.

      User Review
      Formidable individual performances, weak film
      3 March 2003 | by Jugu Abraham (Trivandrum, Kerala, India)

      I was most amused to see the credits start presenting a John Ford film and the credits ending with "directed by Jack Cardiff."

      I believe John Ford was responsible for a few scenes in the film, including the scene where Rod Taylor (Sean O'Casey/Cassidy) enters the room where his mother (Dame Flora Robson) lies dead. This sequence is extraordinary--described and narrated by Taylor's monologue and actions. This does not stand up to the quality of the rest of the film, which is below average. Now Cardiff is a good cinematographer. He has to deal with a great cast assembled by Ford, who individually perform very well, and are captured well by Cardiff's visual eye but lack the vision of a great director to string the pearls together into a great necklace. The film's ending is amusing--a poor man turned rich man handing a crown to a vagrant who appreciates the worth of the money. What had the ending to do with what preceded it? If anything, the final scene is ambiguous and one begins to wonder whether the director was making a hero of Sean O'Casey or was he chastising him as are the film's oblique comments on Yeats living in sheltered house, policed by the British. The poor man turned into a rich and famous playwright is presented to us in fits and starts. The film did have a good intention but it lapses into mediocrity. Only two characters develop well--the mother (Robson) and Nora (Maggie Smith).

      Julie Christie is mesmerising in any film but her character is never developed. Maggie Smith has charmed audiences over the years but this film is definitely one of her finest. Dames Robson and Evans are daunting thespians. Add to them Michael Redgrave. All great actors--including Aussie Rod Taylor. The film does not end with a bang but with a whimper.
      Best Wishes
      London- England