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Sean O'Casey: The Spirit of Ireland (1965)

Rod Taylor appears as himself in this short film, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Young Cassidy."

Narrated by Herschel Bernardi, the film intersperses footage from "Young Cassidy" with glimpses of the actors at work and play.

Bernardi's voiceover hails the Irish spirit and the poet/playwright Sean O'Casey, whose life is depicted in "Young Cassidy." The voiceover also notes that the lead role was handled by "distinguished Australian actor" Rod Taylor, who "absorbed" all that he could from the locals in Dublin. (That description accompanies Rod's real-life pub scene, pictured in the right-hand column.)

Another behind-the-scenes look shows Taylor interacting with director Jack Cardiff as they prepare for the scene in which Cassidy hollers for Nora (Maggie Smith) to come down out of her house. Maggie Smith appears frequently throughout the short promotional film, in both behind-the-scenes and in-the-movie footage.





Young Cassidy



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