Shake Hands with the Devil

Date: 1959
Director: Michael Anderson
Production Company: Pennebaker Productions, Troy Films

Stars: Cyril Cusak, Noel Purcell, James Cagney, Glynis Johns, Richard Harris, William Hartnell, Michael Redgrave, Sybil Thorndike, John le Mesurier
Location(s): Trinity College, Dublin, Bray, Ireland.



In the 1920’s Ireland, IRA members are being lead by the war mongering Dr. Sean Lenihan, as they fight oppressive British forces.

Additional Information:

Background information regarding the filming in Ballymore Eustace can be found on the County Kildare History Journal website.


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A cemetery, with a church on the left.

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Trinity College, Dublin.

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Still Trinity.

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....and into the left.

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A street, maybe in Bray?

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....a bit further down.

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The Black and Tans arrive. British forces with black jackets and kahkie, tan, trousers.

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An alley off the main street.

Or could this be Bray? No, it is Chapel Street, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. See shwd014 With thanks to Gordon MacLeod (Mac)

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The "Costcutters" shop was the pub, the frontage was specially created for the film, see link via Header Section. With thanks to Mac and Google. (RL)

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A pub with a view. See shwd009

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Another window, another view. See shwd009 and 013

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Sybil Thorndike speeding up the road.

The Black and Tans again.

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Mac supplies this Google shot of a very similar scene, Chapel Street, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare (RL)

This gateway seems out of place in this town, but, if correct, will be a dead giveaway for identification.

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Mac provides the wider Google shot of the Chapel, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare to reveal the bell that appears in shwd009. (RL)

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The Dame and the Village.

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A dog and the village.

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A barracks, Dublin?

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Reverse pov.

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A lighthouse. Alan Bourke identifies this as on Wicklow Head outside Wicklow town advising that the top has since been removed. He further advises that, as with Capture 29, the shot appears to have been take from a side that is now occupied by a third, modern, lighthouse that is out of bounds. (RL)

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The Liffy perhaps and Dublin's dock.

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....panning round.

Is this the Custom House on Custom Quay, Dublin?

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Yes indeed says Marcus Uí Neíll and he provides yet another shot for us from his visit to Dublin. (RL)

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.....the quay?

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The gates to the dock.

At last, a clear shot of the dome.

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And a very clear shot of the dome from Marcas (also known to us as Mark) (RL)

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Crane on the quay.

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Inside the dock complex? On the left of the crane.

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Another dark alley.

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The same, or another, lighthouse? It is the same one as Capture 19 says Alan. He further advises that, as with Capture 19, the shot appears to have been take from a side that is now occupied by a third, modern, lighthouse that is out of bounds. (RL)

....and a tower. Is that the lighthouse on the right? Yes says Alan, all on Wicklow Head outside Wicklow town. (RL)

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Alan now provides the up to date shot to confirm his identification. (RL)


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A good "moody" shot from Alan to match the screen capture. (RL)