Return to Glennascaul

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Return to Glennascaul
Orson Welles in Return to Glennascaul
Directed by Hilton Edwards
Produced by Micheál MacLiammóir
Written by Hilton Edwards
Starring Orson Welles
Distributed by Dublin Gate Theatre Productions
Release date
  • 1951 (1951)
Running time
23 minutes
Country Ireland
Language English

Return to Glennascaul, also known as Orson Welles' Ghost Story, is a 1951 short film starring Orson Welles. It was written and directed by Hilton Edwards and produced by Micheál MacLiammóir for Dublin Gate Theatre Productions.

The plot is derived from the ubiquitous story of the vanishing hitchhiker. It is similar to Lucille Fletcher's original radio play, The Hitch-Hiker, which was first performed in 1941 on the Orson Welles Show starring Welles as the spooked driver.

Plot summary[edit]

Welles (playing himself), taking a break from the filming of Othello, is driving in the Irish countryside one night when he offers a ride to a man with car trouble. The man relates a strange event that happened to him at the same location. Two women flagged down his car one evening, asking for a ride back to their manor. They invited him in for a drink, and after leaving, he went back for his cigarette case. He found the manor deserted and decayed. In Dublin, a real estate broker told him the mother and daughter had died years ago. Welles, sufficiently spooked, drops the man off at his home and leaves in a hurry when the man asks him in for a cup of tea or something stronger as the ghostly women had earlier invited him into Glennascaul. As Welles drives off he passes two other stranded women who wave for a ride, flesh and blood women who recognize the famous actor behind the wheel.


The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject.[1]


This film is only 23 minutes long and is an extra on the recently released reissued DVD of Welles' Othello. It was also released as Orson Welles' Ghost Story.


  1. ^ "The 26th Academy Awards (1954) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 

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