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Young Cassidy is based upon the autobiographical writings of firebrand Irish author Sean O'Casey. Rod Taylor is Cassidy, a boisterous boy who digs ditches to support his mother (Flora Robson) and sister (Sian Phillips). In his spare time, Cassidy is active with the Irish revolutionary movement against the occupying British. He still finds time enough for romance, notably with trashy chorine Julie Christie (in her first major role) and timid librarian Maggie Smith. Cassidy's latent writing talents are encouraged by such Irish literary giants as W.B. Yeats (Michael Redgrave) and Lady Gregory (Edith Evans), and in typically expeditious Hollywood fashion Our Hero almost instantly becomes a Man of Letters. John Ford began the direction of Young Cassidy, but fell ill and had to relinquish his responsibilities to Jack Cardiff; even the most diehard auteurist will have trouble discerning the personal "signature" of either director. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Rod Taylor
as Sean Cassidy
Julie Christie
as Daisy Battles
Edith Evans
as Lady Gregory
Michael Redgrave
as William Butler Yeats
Flora Robson
as Mrs. Cassidy
Maggie Smith
as Nora
Jack MacGowran
as Archie
Pauline Delaney
as Bessie Ballynoy
Philip O'Flynn
as Mick Mullen
T.P. McKenna
as Tom
Harry Brogan
as Murphy
John Cowley
as Barman at Cat & Cage
May Craig
Donal Donnelly
John Franklin
as Bank Teller
Harold Goldblatt
as Abbey Theatre Manager
Eddie Golden
as Capt. White
Joe Lynch
Vincent Dowling
as Hurlers
Martin Crosbie
as Hearsemen
May Cluskey
as Women in Foyer
Arthur O'Sullivan
as Foreman
Sian Phillips
as Ella
Robin Sumner
as Michael
Eddie Golden
as Capt. White
Harold Goldblatt
as Abbey Theatre Manager
John Franklin
as Bank Teller
Vincent Dowling
as Hurlers
Sian Phillips
as Ella
May Cluskey
as Women in Foyer
Arthur O'Sullivan
as Foreman
John Cowley
as Barman at Cat & Cage
Martin Crosbie
as Hearsemen
Harry Brogan
as Murphy

Crew

John Ford
Director
Jack Cardiff
Director
John Whiting
Screenwriter
Sean O'Casey
Book Author
Edward Scaife
Cinematographer
Marcus Dods
Musical Direction/Supervision
Anne V. Coates
Editor
Margaret Furse
Costume Designer
Ernest Gasser
Makeup
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