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The character of "John Cassidy" is allegedly based on playwright Sean O'Casey (his name is an Anglicization of O'Casey's), but Rod Taylor, playing the part, bears no resemblance to the famous writer. The real O'Casey was a diminutive man with poor eyesight who always wore thick glasses and kept out of violent encounters. He was a working-class man of strong intellectual gifts and fierce political views, and in reality was, at the time of the events depicted, about fifteen or twenty years older than "Cassidy" is supposed to be.
Cassidy! For the love-a God man, your enthusiasm will be the death of us all. Toss the dirt nice and easy where it's meant to go.
John Cassidy: Yes sir.
Foreman: What dya think you're doin' down there, reconstructin' the whole of Ireland? Come on outta there, come up.
John Cassidy: Yes...
The story is set around 1910. One hour into the story a horse and carriage pass by. A 1960s-era car is seen turning at an intersection where it just came from.
Billed as "A John Ford Film", although Jack Cardiff is credited as sole director.