Return to Glennascaul

In the last blog I referred to an extra on the DVD of “Three Cases of Murder”.
A little gem of a ghost story “Return to Glennascaul” starring Orson Welles.
The film is just 23 minutes long and was made in 1951 when Welles was filming his version of Othello.

It is a variant on the phantom hitchhiker story. Welles, playing himself, gives a lift to a man whose car has broken down on a lonely road outside Dublin. The man relates how, a while before, he picked up two women, one elderly and one young, on that same stretch of road. He returned with them to their house in Dublin and…

Well, that’s all I’m going to say because I hope you might see it for yourself and I don’t want to spoil it for you.

It’s a tale within a frame. Welles only appears at the beginning and the end, bringing style and humour to the piece. The lead character is played by Michael Laurence and the two women by Shelah Richards and Helena Hughes.

The film was produced by Micheál MacLiammóir and was directed by Hilton Edwards, stalwarts of Dublin’s Gate Theatre and the film is shot in appropriate and very moody black and white. It received an Academy Award nomination.

And by the way, Glennascaul means Glen of the Shades, or ghosts…

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