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Australian actor Rod Taylor plays the part of John Cassidy (a name O'Casey sometimes used), Flora Robson plays Cassidy's mother, Maggie Smith is wonderful as Cassidy's girlfriend, Edith Evans plays Lady Gregory of the Abbey Theater in Dublin, and Michael Redgrave is excellent as William Butler Yeats.
What brought this film to my attention was a 6-minute film-clip on Turner Classic Movies (cable) in which Rod Taylor told a few anecdotes about the making of this movie. One was how he developed his Irish accent by spending his first week in a Dublin pub talking with the customers. His best tale was about the filming of the scene immediately following Cassidy's discovery that his beloved mother (Flora Robson) has died. Cassidy goes out to a vacant lot where his mother's favorite tree, a small hawthorne, is blooming and kneels down close to it ... and his shoulders begin to shake as if he were weeping.
According to Taylor, he knelt there with his shoulders trembling for 5, 6, 7 minutes, waiting for John Ford to yell "Cut!" ... but nothing happened. More minutes passed, and finally Taylor turned his head and asked, "Aren't you going to say 'Cut'?"
And director John Ford walked over and gave him a kick and shouted, "You bastard! Y' made me CRY!!"
Of course I just HAD to see this film after hearing this. Yes, this scene is good ...Read more ›
The Spanish DVD from Regasa is an anamorphic wide screen (1.78) transfer that lacks sharpness but otherwise is an adequate transfer. The Spanish subtitles are easily removed.
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This DVD does not play correctly I am tired of buying defective DVDS. This has happened several times and from now on no more DVDS. I am. Also. Read morePublished 4 months ago by joe