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Orson Welles was in the middle of his interminable Othello shoot when he cameoed in this diverting Irish ghost story, as a favour to writer/director Hilton Edwards, whom he'd known since their days at Dublin's Gate Theatre. However, the brunt of the action is carried by Michael Laurence, who relates the LeFanu-style tale of his midnight encounter with a long-deceased mother and daughter. Views of the isolated house, both in its baroque cosiness and its eerie desolation, are stylishly achieved. But the ending is more suited to a shaggy dog story than a genuinely Gothic chiller.
|Orson Welles||Orson Welles|
|Sean Merriman||Michael Laurence (1)|
|Mrs Campbell||Sheila Richards|
|Lucy Campbell||Helena Hughes|