Young Cassidy (1965) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
6.4/ 10 (506 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) [us]
Sextant Films

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(UK) - February 1965
(USA) - 22 March 1965
(Argentina) - 22 April 1965
(Denmark) - 29 June 1965
(West Germany) - 12 November 1965

Running Time

He's a brawling, sprawling giant - on the make for fame and fortune and then some!

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Technical Support
MET:3019.65 m
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.66 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Brogan, Harry as [Murphy] <21>
  2. Cowley, John as [Barman at Cat & Cage] <18>
  3. Crosbie, Martin as [2nd Hearseman] <24>
  4. Curran, Chris (I) as (as Christopher Curran) [Man in Phoenix Park] <27>
  5. Doleman, Guy as [Officer] <52>
  6. Donnelly, Donal as [1st Hearseman] <23>
  7. Dowling, Vincent as [2nd Hurler] <16>
  8. Dunn-Hill, John as (as John Dunn Hill) [2nd Man in Drill Hall] <47>
  9. Fitzgerald, James (IV) as [Charlie Ballynoy] <28>
  10. Foley, Bill (I) as (as William Foley) [Publisher's Clerk] <19>
  11. Franklyn, John (II) as [Bankteller] <20>
  12. Geraghty, Clive as [Policeman] <37>
  13. Goldblatt, Harold as [Abbey Theatre Manager] <30>
  14. Golden, Eddie as [Captain White] <26>
  15. Healey, James (V) as [Bank Clerk] <21>
  16. Hennessy, Michael C. as (as Michael Hennessy) [Theatre Attendant] <54>
  17. Ibbs, Ronald as [Theatre Attendant] <31>
  18. Irwin, Tom (I) as [Constable] <17>
  19. Johnson, Fred (I) as [Cab Driver] <25>
  20. Kelly, David (I) as [O'Brien] <49>
  21. Kelly, Eamon (II) as [Feeney] <28>
  22. Layde, Pat as [Guard] <55>
  23. LeBlanc, Donal as [Boy with Books] <39>
  24. Longhurst, Henry B. as (as Henry Longhurst) [Doctor] <40>
  25. Lynch, Joe (I) as [1st Hurler] <15>
  26. MacGowran, Jack as [Archie] <7>
  27. McDarby, John as [Carman at Cat & Cage] <17>
  28. McKenna, T.P. as [Tom] <9>
  29. Morrissey, Eamon as [3rd Hurler] <44>
  30. Murphy, Wesley (I) as [Policeman] <38>
  31. O Brian, Michael (II) as [Man in Riot] <34>
  32. O Flynn, Philip as (as Phillip O'Flynn) [Mick Mullen] <12>
  33. O Reilly, Jack (I) as [4th Hurler] <45>
  34. O Sullivan, Arthur as [Foreman] <14>
  35. Power, Derry as (uncredited) [Captain White's Platoon Member]
  36. Redgrave, Michael as [W.B. Yeats] <4>
  37. Skidd, Daniel as [Shelly] <30>
  38. Smythe, Norman (I) as [Soldier] <53>
  39. Sullivan, Gerry (I) as (as Gerard Sullivan) [Barman] <18>
  40. Sumner, Robin as [Michael] <11>
  41. Taylor, Larry (I) as (uncredited) [2nd Theatre Thug]
  42. Taylor, Rod (I) as [John Cassidy] <1>
  43. Tuohy, Dermot as [1st Man in Drill Hall] <46>
  44. Young, Derek (I) as [Policeman] <36>
  45. Christie, Julie (I) as [Daisy Battles] <2>
  46. Cluskey, May as [Woman in Foyer] <33>
  47. Craig, May (I) as [Woman in Foyer] <32>
  48. Dalton, Anne (II) as [Neighbour] <22>
  49. Davies, Liz (II) as [4th Girl at Abbey Theatre] <60>
  50. Delaney, Pauline as (as Pauline Delany) [Bessie Ballynoy] <13>
  51. Evans, Edith (I) as [Lady Gregory] <5>
  52. Grimes, Marcella as [Woman in Riot] <33>
  53. Hastings, Maire as [2nd Girl at Abbey Theatre] <58>
  54. Manahan, Sheila as [1st Neighbour] <50>
  55. O Casey, Shivaun (I) as [Lady Gregory's Maid] <29>
  56. O Rawe, Nora as [2nd Neighbour] <51>
  57. O Shannon, Finnuala as [1st Girl at Abbey Theatre] <57>
  58. Phillips, Siân as [Ella] <8>
  59. Plunkett, Geraldine as [3rd Girl at Abbey Theatre] <59>
  60. Robson, Flora as [Mrs. Cassidy] <6>
  61. Ross, Julie (I) as [Sara] <10>
  62. Smith, Maggie (I) as [Nora] <3>


  1. Biography
  2. Drama

Full Plot

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. alfiehitchie It's the early 1920's Dublin. Johnny Cassidy - an early known name of 'Sean O'Casey' (qv) - is a working class bloke from a large family, which at the best of times has troubles trying to make ends meet. Johnny's brusque exterior belies the heart of a writer, reading and writing which were taught to him and fostered within him by his long departed sister. His natural exuberance is what attracts him to many people, including good-hearted prostitute Daisy Battles, and fellow working class stiff Mick Mullen, who is the person who brings him into the realm of activism, especially in defending the working class and Irish nationalism by ending the oppression of the Irish through British rule. That activism eventually extends to his writing. It is his love of books and reading that he meets and falls in love with Nora, a bookstore clerk. Johnny eventually gets some of his works published, and his plays staged by the Abbey Theatre, which takes a chance by staging his plays that many Dubliners may view as placing them in a bad light. Bridging the gap between Johnny's working class background and the higher class of the theatre may be difficult not only for Johnny, but for the Abbey Theatre founders, 'William Butler Yeats' (qv) and Lady Gregory, and for Johnny's working class friends, including Nora. Huggo Plot not found

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Movie Certificate

PG (Australia)
16 (West Germany)(f)
A (UK)
Approved (USA)(cut)
K-8 (Finland)
15 (Sweden)
13 (Argentina)

Music Composers

  1. O'Riada, Sean


  1. Scaife, Edward (as Ted Scaife)

Dress Designers

  1. Furse, Margaret


Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) [us] - (1967) (USA) (TV) (original airing)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) [de] - (1965) (West Germany) (theatrical)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) [us] - (1965) (USA) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Coates, Anne V.


  1. Binder, Maurice (title designer)
  2. Crocker, Phyllis (continuity)

Other Titles

  1. Cassidy, der Rebell (1965) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  2. Il magnifico irlandese (1965) (ENG)

  3. Magnifico irlandese, Il (1965) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. County Wicklow, Ireland
  2. MGM British Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK - (studio)


- Director 'John Ford (I)' (qv) fell ill during production and was replaced by 'Jack Cardiff' (qv).

- In an interview 'Jack Cardiff' (qv) said that only four minutes and five seconds of the footage shot by 'John Ford (I)' (qv) 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 _Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925)_ (qv)