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Orson  Welles
[1915-1985]

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"Citizen Kane" [1941]

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“Nobody gets justice. People only get good luck or bad luck.”

“Gluttony is not a secret vice.”

“A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.”

“It is not my intention to repeat myself, but in my work there should certainly be references to what I have done in the past.
Say what you will, but 'The Trial' is the best film I ever made . . . I have never been so happy as when I made this film.”

— Orson Welles

Orson Welles entry at Wikipedia
Orson Welles credits [1934-87] at Internet Movie Database
Wellesnet: The Orson Welles Web Resource
browse Orson Welles on DVD at Amazon


star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  Oscar statuette is a trademark of A.M.P.A.S.   Oscar statuette is a trademark of A.M.P.A.S.    Orson Welles won a shared Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay
for "Citizen Kane" [1941] and an Honorary Oscar® in 1971
He also received
four awards (1952-66) at the Cannes Film Festival
a Peabody Award for "The Fountain of Youth" [1958]
the Venice Film Festival Career Golden Lion Award (1970)
the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award (1975)
the Donatello/Visconti Award (1983)
the D.G.A. Lifetime Achievement Award (1984)
and has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
and was listed by The Atlantic Monthly among America's Most Influential Filmmakers [Dec 2006]


Links

Orson Welles credits [1934-87] at Internet Movie Database
Orson Welles entry at Wikipedia
Orson Welles Broadway credits [1934-62] at IBdB

browse Orson Welles on DVD at Amazon
browse Orson Welles books catalog at Amazon
browse Orson Welles incomplete audio catalog at Amazon

Wellesnet: The Orson Welles Web Resource



Books by Orson Welles
Orson Welles books catalog at Amazon

Orson Welles On Shakespeare   "Orson Welles On Shakespeare: The W.P.A. & Mercury
Theatre Playscripts" [1990]
Edited by Richard France, Foreword by Simon Callow

Routledge 9x6 pb [9/2001] for $29.95
Greenwood Press 9¾x6½ hardcover [12/90] for $68.95
Orson Welles autobiography   "This Is Orson Welles" [1992 autobiography]
by Orson Welles & Peter Bogdanovich

Da Capo Press 8¼x5¼ pb [4/98] for $16.32
HarperCollins 9½x6½ hardcover [9/92] out of print/used
Orson Welles Interviews   "Orson Welles: Interviews" [2002]
Edited by Mark W. Estrin

Univ Press of MS 9x6 pb [3/2002] for $14.00
Univ Press of MS 9x6¼ hardcover [4/2002] for $46.36



Books  About  Orson  Welles

The War of the Worlds Murder mystery novel by Max Allan Collins  "The War of The Worlds Murder" mystery novel[2005]
by Max Allan Collins

As Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater team are preparing for the big Hallowe'en 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells's "War of The Worlds", one of Orson's former mistresses is found murdered; Orson is a prime suspect, and the 'broadcast must go on', while Walter Gibson, creator of "The Shadow", works behind the scenes to find out whether Orson did or did not kill the girl.
Kindle Edition from Thomas & Mercer [12/2012] for $3.99
Thomas & Mercer 8¼x5½ pb [12/2012] for $11.90
Berkley mass pb [7/2005] out of print/used
Thorndike Press hardcover [7/2005] out of print/used
Orson Welles vs. the Hollywood Studios  
"Despite The System: Orson Welles Versus The Hollywood Studios" [2005]
by Clinton Heylin

Chicago Review Press 8¾x5¾ pb [6/2006] for $11.02
Chicago Review Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [2/2005] for $16.97
Orson Welles / Radio Years  "The Medium and the Magician: Orson Welles, The Radio Years, 1934-1952" [2005]
by Paul Heyer

Rowman & Littlefield 9x6½ pb [2/2005] for $29.95
Rowman & Littlefield 9¼x6¼ hardcover [2/2005] for $87.00
French-language 'Le Film Noir' book by Patrick Brion  "Le Film Noir: L'Áge d'Or du Film Criminel Américain" [2004]
by Patrick Brion

Subjects include Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Stanley Kubrick, Nicholas Ray & Orson Welles
Editions de la Martinière French-language hardcover [9/2004] for €42,75 at Amazon France
Patrick Brion's weblog (in French)
Encyclopedia of Orson Welles  
"Encyclopedia of Orson Welles: From Citizen Kane To Othello"
[2003] by Chuck Berg & Tom Erskine

Checkmark Books 9¼x7¾ pb [1/2003] for $19.95
Facts On File 9½x7¼ hardcover [1/2003] for $60.00
King of Harlem  "King of Harlem" [1930 mystery; 2001]
by Steven Philip Jones

The W.P.A. hires young Orson Welles to direct an all-Negro Macbeth at the Lafayette Theater in New York City's Harlem. Orson receives death threats, an actor is arrested for murder, and the case is handed to brand-new detective Sassafras Winters and his sidekick, The Chinaman.
Mundania Press 9x6 pb [8/2005] for $12.00
Lightning Source 9x6 pb [3/2001] for $14.95
author's booksite

Orson Welles, Shakespeare & Popular Culture  "Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and Popular Culture" [1999]
by Michael Anderegg

Columbia Univ Press 9x6 pb [1/99] for $25.00
Columbia Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [1/99] for $77.50
Rosebud / Orson Welles   "Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles" [1996]
by David Thomson

Vintage 8x5¼ pb [9/97] for $11.20
Knopf 9¾x6¾ hardcover [5/96] out of print/used
Orson Welles bio by Callow  "Orson Welles: Volume 1 - The Road to Xanadu" [1995]
by Simon Callow

Penguin 8½x5½ pb [2/97] for $12.24
Viking 9¾x6½ hardcover [12/95] out of print/used
"Orson Welles: Volume 2 - Hello Americans" [2006]
by Simon Callow

Viking 9x6¼ hardcover [8/2006] for $20.76

Filming Shakespeare's Plays   "Filming Shakespeare's Plays: The Adaptations of Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Peter Brook & Akira Kurosawa"
[1988] by Anthony Davies

Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [6/90] out of print/used
Cambridge Univ Press hardcover [9/88] out of print/used
Magic Lantern's Akira Kurosawa [1910-88] Page
Magic Lantern's 'Shakespeare On Film' Festival Page
Orson Welles / Rise & Fall   "Orson Welles: The Rise & Fall of An American Genius" [1985]
by Charles Higham

St. Martin's Press 9¼x6 pb [6/2002] for $18.95
St. Martin's Press hardcover [9/85] out of print/many used
"The Films of Orson Welles" [1970] by Charles Higham
Univ CA Press hardcover [6/70] out of print/used
Orson Welles bio by BL   "Orson Welles: A Biography" [1985]
by Barbara Leaming

Limelight Editions 9x6 pb [7/2004] for $20.00
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [10/89] out of print/used
Penguin mass pb [1986] out of print/used
Tusquets Spanish-language pb [1985] for $19.09


Movies About Orson Welles

A.F.I. Lifetime Achievement Award Welles  
"A.F.I. Lifetime Achievement Award: Orson Welles" [1975]
Republic color VHS [2/98] out of stock/used
show credits from IMDb
Battle Over Citizen Kane   American Experience "The Battle Over Citizen Kane"
[PBS/WGBH 2-hour tv documentary special Jan 1996]

Co-directed by Michael Epstein & Thomas Lennon; interviewees include William Alland, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Mankiewicz, Thomas Anderson & Ruth Warrick; Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature
WGBH color DVD [11/2000] for $17.99
WGBH color VHS [9/2000] for $18.95
full credits from IMDb
P.B.S. official movie site

"R.K.O. 281"  TV movie
[H.B.O./WGBH airdate Nov 1999]
R.K.O. 281 video  The title is the production number for the filming of "Citizen Kane". After Wm. Randolph Hearst learned that Orson Welles was making a feature film that was a thinly-disguised and unflattering look at Hearst's life, the publishing tycoon and presidential hopeful used his power and influence to bury the picture. Directed by Benjamin Ross; starring Liev Schreiber {as Welles}, James Cromwell, Melanie Griffith, John Malkovich & Roy Scheider; nominated for 13 Emmy Awards, including Best TV Movie, Best Direction & Best Script, won 3 minor Emmies; won WGA Award for Best TV Script (tied)
H.B.O. Home Video color DVD [4/2000] for $12.99
H.B.O. Home Video color VHS [3/2001] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Fade To Black"
[Ealing/U.K. Europe 2006, not yet USA]
Fade To Black movie  After the breakup of his marriage to Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles is hired for a film in post-World War II Italy. When a member of the crew is murdered, Orson and his driver are then drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue, murder & politics. Written & directed by Oliver Parker, based on a 1994 book by Davide Ferrario; starring Danny Huston (as Orson), Diego Luna, Paz Vega, Christopher Walken, Anna Galiena & Violante Placido
video/DVD not available; full credits at IMDb
Ealing Studios film siteofficial moviw site on MySpace Film

"Me and Orson Welles"
[Freestyle/Warner Nov 2009]
Me and Orson Welles novel by Robert Kaplow   New York City in 1937: A teenager bluffs his way into the role of Lucius in a production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" at the off-Broadway Mercury Theater, directed by the dynamic young genius Orson Welles. Co-produced & directed by Richard Linklater; co-produced & adapted by Holly Gent Palmo & Vincent Palmo Jr., based on the novel by Robert Kaplow {below}; starring Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay {as Orson Welles}, Eddie Marsan, Kelly Reilly & James Tupper
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available; full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
Me and Orson Welles novel by Robert Kaplow  based on the New York Times bestselling 2003 novel by Robert Kaplow
Penguin movie tie-in mass pb [8/2009] for $11.20
Penguin 7x5 pb [6/2005] for $11.20
MacAdam/Cage 7¼x5½ hardcover [10/2003] for $18.50



"Citizen Kane" [Mercury/R.K.O. May 1941]
Generally considered the 'Best Film of All Time'
A multimillionaire newspaper tycoon dies and his last utterance is the single word 'rosebud'; a curious reporter attempts to unlock the riddle of its meaning by interviewing the tycoon's friends and business partners, revealing the tycoon's life events through flashbacks.

"Citizen Kane" entry at Wikipedia

The film premiered at the R.K.O. Palace Theatre in New York City on 1 May 1941, but was unsuccesful in its first run. Due to threats to industry members by [purported] subject Wm. Randolph Hearst [1863-1951], each mention of the film at the 1942 Academy Awards ceremony was roundly booed by the audience. Nonetheless, the film won an Oscar for Best Original Script, having been also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor [Welles], Best B&W Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Sound & Best Music Score.

Release in Europe in 1946 brought much acclaim, followed by re-release in the U.S.A. in the 1950s; the film was restored by Turner Entertainment in 1991. "Citizen Kane" is number one on the Top 100 List of the American Film Institute, listed on the National Film Registry (1989), and listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (5/2005)

Citizen Kane poster (retail source not found)  Produced, co-written & directed by Orson Welles; co-written by Herman J. Mankiewicz; cinematography by Gregg Toland; music by Bernard Herrmann; co-starring Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Everett Sloane, William Alland, Thomas Anderson, Paul Stewart & George Coulouris
Turner b&w DVD [9/2001] 2 disks for $16.97
Turner b&w VHS [8/96] out of prodn/many used
Varese Sarabande soundtrack CD [11/99] for $16.18
full credits from IMDb

Citizen Kane screenplay  
"Citizen Kane" screenplay [2002]
by Orson Welles & Herman J. Mankiewicz
includes the essay "Raising Kane" by Pauline Kael

Methuen Drama pb [5/2002] for $18.42

more details (synopsis, books, posters, links) on
Magic Lantern's "Citizen Kane" 1941 Movie Page


Other  Films  of  Orson Welles
Orson Welles credits [1934-87] at Internet Movie Database

"Hearts of Age" [student film 1934]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hearts_of_Age

"Too Much Johnson" [filmed in 1938, restored 2013]
newspaper ad for 1938 pre-Broadway production of 'Too Much Johnson' by Orson Wellles and Mercury Theatre Company   Long thought to be a lost film, Welles believed that the last print was destroyed in a fire at his villa in Spain. Near-complete nitrate work print discovered in a warehouse in Italy, George Eastman House managed to restore 96% of the partially-edited film. The 40-minute b&w silent film was Welles's first attempt at motion pictures, and he fell in love with the art of cinema. Welles was planning for his Mercury Theater Company to produce a revival of the 1894 stageplay farce "Too Much Johnson" on Broadway, and decided to make a silent slapstick comedy film to include in the play. Filming in New York City and Yonkers quickly used up his funds, and he was told that Paramount's owner-ship of the film rights to the play prevented him showing the film as part of a stageplay. Adapted & directed by and featuring Orson Welles; starring Joseph Cotten, Virginia Nicholson, Edgar Barrier, Arlene Francis, Ruth Ford, Mary Wickes, Eustace Wyatt, Guy Kingsley, George Duthie, John Berry, Marc Blitzstein, Herbert Drake, John House-man, Erskine Sanford, Howard Smith {as Joseph Johnson} & Augusta Weissberger
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
10/2013 CBS-TV news story [3:38] at YouTube

"Jane Eyre" [Fox Feb 1944]

"The Stranger" [R.K.O. May 1946]
Orson Welles's The Stranger poster  An investigator for the War Crimes Commission releases one suspect in hope of following him to a mastermind of the Holocaust; the suspect is killed in a small town in Connecticut, and the investigator's only clue is the mastermind's fascination with antique clocks.
Directed by & starring Orson Welles; also starring Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Philip Merivale, Richard Long, Konstantin Shayne, Byron Keith & Martha Wentworth
Triad Prodns Enhanced Edition b&w DVD [3/2009] for $19.95
M.G.M. Video b&w DVD [7/2007] for $7.99
Delta b&w DVD [6/2002] out of prodn/used
Timeless Multimedia b&w VHS [2/94] for $12.34
full credits from IMDb

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zU7MoRuGDw

"The  Lady  From  Shanghai" [Columbia Pictures June 1948]
Adapted & directed by and starring Orson Welles; also starring Rita Hayworth /tt0040525/
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004W229

"Macbeth" [Mercury/Republic Oct 1948]
OrsonWelles' Macbeth   An 11th-century Scottish nobleman, under pressure by his ruthless wife, murders his soveriegn, is proclaimed king in his stead, then is undone by his own character flaws.
Produced, adapted & directed by & starring Orson Welles; based on the 1606 play by Wm. Shakespeare [1564-1616]; co-starring Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy, Roddy McDowall, Edgar Barrier & Erskine Sanford
Republic b&w DVD [1/98] out of prodn/used
Republic b&w VHS [1/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"The Third Man" [British Lion U.K. Sept 1949; USA Feb 1950]
The Third Man movie  Offered a job in post-war Vienna, an American novelist arrives to find that his employer has been killed in a peculiar traffic accident; further investigation leads to conflicting stories, so he sets out to uncover the truth. Directed by Carol Reed; script by Graham Greene from his novella; starring Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee & Wilfrid Hyde-White; zither music by Anton Karas; won Oscar for Best Cinematography {Robert Krasker}, Oscar & DGA noms for Best Director, won BAFTA for Best British Film; listed on the B.F.I. 100 Best British Films Ever (1999-2000)
Criterion b&w DVD [11/99] for $29.85
Homevision b&w VHS [7/95] out of prodn/used
Jasmine Music Anton Karas CD [11/2002] for $13.99
full credits from IMDb
The Third Man poster  
"The Third Man" [1950 novella] by Graham Greene
Penguin 7¾x5¼ pb [5/99] for $10.01
Audio Partners UNABR audio CD [7/98] for $11.67

"The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice"
[France 1952, U.S.A. 1955; restored in 1991]
Orson Welles' 1952 Othello  Filmed over four years, using Welles' own money, on location in Morocco & Italy. Co-written & directed by & starring Orson Welles; based on the circa 1603 play by Wm. Shakespeare [1564-1616]; also starring Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote & Suzanne Cloutier; tied for Palme D'Or Prize at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival
Image Ent. b&w DVD [8/99] out of prodn/used
Academy b&w VHS [yr=?] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Put Money In Thy Purse  
"Put Money In Thy Purse"
by Micheál MacLiammóir, Foreword by Orson Welles

Details of the lengthy and complicated filming of Welles' 1952 "Othello"
by the actor who portrayed Iago.

Virgin Books pb [4/94] out of print/rare

"Omnibus: King Lear" [CBS-TV air date 18 Oct 1953]
Omnibus King Lear starring Orson Welles  73-minute condensed version of Wm. Shakespeare's 1605 stageplay
Hosted by Alistair Cooke, directed by Peter Brook; starring Orson
Welles, Natasha Parry, Margaret Phillips, Beatrice Straight & Alan Badel
E1 Entertainment b&w DVD [2/2010] for $27.49
Xenon b&w VHS [2/2002] out of prodn/used
episode credits at IMDbseries credits at IMDb

"Napoléon" [France March 1955]
Napoléon 1955 epic by Sacha Guitry  Written & directed by Sacha Guitry; starring Daniel Gelin (as young Napoléon} & Raymond Pellegrin {as old Napoléon}; also starring Jean-Pierre Aumont, Danielle Darrieux, O.W. Fischer, Jean Gabin, Sacha Guitry, Jean Marais, Michèle Morgan, Yves Montand, Patachou, Micheline Presle, Dany Robin, Maria Schell, Erich von Stroheim {as Ludwig van Beethoven} & Orson Welles
DVD/Blu-ray not available
Madacy Ent. color VHS [undated] for $5.00
21st Genesis Home Video color VHS [undated] for $23.45
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Moby Dick" [1956]
Moby Dick video  Directed by John Huston; script by Ray Bradbury, John Huston & Norman Corwin, based on the epic 1851 novel by Herman Melville; starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, Royal Dano & Orson Welles
MGM/UA VHS video [8/99] for $13.99
MGM/UA DVD [6/2001] for $16.99
full credits from IMDb

"The Long, Hot Summer"  [Fox April 1958]
William Faulkner's The Long, Hot Summer movie poster  The man who runs the town of Frenchman's Bend, Mississippi hires a drifter to work in his store, and begins to believe that the man may be a good match for his spinster daughter. Directed by [blacklistee] Martin Ritt; based on William Faulkner's stories "Barn Burning" & "The Spotted Horses", and his 1940 novel "The Hamlet"; starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles, Lee Remick & Angela Lansbury
Fox widescreen color DVD [5/2003] for $9.99
Fox color VHS [5/2003] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"Touch of Evil"
[Universal April 1958; restored version Sept 1998]
Touch of Evil (restored)  
Touch of Evil 1958 one-sheet  
A narcotics officer from Mexico, honeymooning in a U.S. Border town, gets caught up in a battle against a 'justice at any cost' police chief and Mexican gangsters. Highlights include one of the longest continuous shots in film history, and nighttime location filming in 'downtown' Venice, California. Written & directed by & starring Orson Welles; based on the Whit Masterson novel; music by Henry Mancini; co-starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Marlene Dietrich, Joanna Cook Moore, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver & Zsa Zsa Gabor; listed in the National Film Registry in 1993
Universal 50th Anniversary Edition widescreen b&w DVD [10/2008] 2 disks for $22.49
Universal restored widescreen b&w DVD [10/2000] for $10.99
Universal restored b&w VHS [10/2000] out of prodn/used
Universal b&w 1958 version VHS [3/92] out of prodn/many used
Varese Sarabande soundtrack CD [4/93] out of prodn/rare
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

color 11"x17" poster (at left) from Amazon for $9.99
11"x17" b&w poster (at top) from Amazon for $9.99

Touch of Evil critical text  1956 novel {orig "Badge of Evil"} by Whit Masterson
Carroll & Graf mass pb [10/92] out of print/used
Bantam mass pb [1958] out of print/scarce

"Touch of Evil: Orson Welles, Director" [1985]
critical text by Terry Comito

Rutgers Univ Press 8x6 pb [11/85] for $24.95
Rutgers Univ Press hardcover [7/85] out of print/rare

"Compulsion" [Zanuck/Fox April 1959]

"David & Goliath" [Italy Jan 1960]

"The Trial" [Paris Dec 1962, USA Feb 1963] /tt0057427/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trial_%281962_film%29
Filmed in Italy, France & Croatia; adaptation of Franz Kafka's famous 1925 novel.
The Trial is the best film I ever made.” — Orson Welles

"Ro.Go.Pa.G." anthology film [Italy Feb 1963]
Ro.Go.Pa.G. or RoGoPaG anthology film from Italy  Four segments by four directors – Roberto Rosselini, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini & Ugo Gregoretti: "Illibatezza" ('Chastity') written & directed by Rosselini, starring Rosanna Schiaffino, Bruce Balaban & Maria Pia Schiaffino; "Il Nuovo Mondo" ('New World') written & directed by Godard, starring Jean-Marc Bory & Alexandra Stewart; "La Ricotta" ('Curd Cheese') written & directed by Pasolini, starring Orson Welles (as the director of a film about Jesus Christ); and "Il Pollo Ruspante" ('Free Range Chicken') written & directed by Gregoretti, starring Ugo Tognazzi, Lisa Gastoni, Ricky Tognazzi & Antonella Taito
DVD/Blu-ray not available; Kino Video b&w VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"Chimes At Midnight"
aka "Campanadas a Medianoche" [Spain 1965]
Chimes At Midnight movie  A connected tale molded from "Henry IV" & other plays by Wm. Shakespeare [1564-1616] following Sir John Falstaff's career – bawdy drinking companion to Prince Hal (later crowned Henry V), crafty wartime hero, rejected friend of the newly-crowned king – and his off-screen death. Adapted & directed by & starring Orson Welles {as Falstaff}; co-starring John Gielgud, Keith Baxter, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, Jeremy Rowe, Fernando Rey & Michael Aldridge
Continental b&w DVD [yr=?] out of stock/used
Movies Unlimited b&w VHS [yr=?] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb
Chimes at Midnight book  
"Chimes at Midnight: Orson Welles, Director" [1989]
critical text by Bridget Gellert Lyons

Rutgers Univ Press 9x6 pb [2/89] for $22.00
Rutgers Univ Press 8½x6¼ hardcover [2/89] out of print/used

"Tepepa - Viva la Revolución!"
[Spain/Italy Jan 1969, USA Nov 1979]
Tepapa, Viva la Revolución spaghetti Western starring Orson Welles  During the early part of the Mexican Revolution, a corrupt police chief prepares to execute the bandit Tepapa, who is rescued by a British doctor; when Tepapa asks why the doctor saved him, he is told that it is so that the doctor could kill him himself . . .  Co-written & directed by Giulio Petroni; original music by Ennio Morricone; starring Tomas Milian, Orson Welles, John Steiner, Luciano Casamonica, Ángel Ortiz, Annamaria Lanciaprima, José Torres, Paloma Cela, George Wang & Giancarlo Badessi
Region 1 video/DVD/Blu-ray not available {2012}
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Catch-22" [Filmways/Paramount June 1970]
Catch-22 movie poster   Based on the best-selling Joseph Heller novel. Captain Yossarian (Alan Arkin) tries deperately to get grounded so he will not have to fly any more bombing missions over Hitler's Europe: anyone who goes to war is crazy, but if he asks to be grounded for being crazy, then he's not crazy anymore and he has to keep flying – 'catch 22'. A gut-wrenching satire.
Directed by Mike Nichols; screenplay by Buck Henry; all-star cast including Orson Welles
Paramount widescreen DVD [5/2001] for $17.99
Paramount color VHS [8/2001] for $9.95
full credits from IMDb

"Ten Days' Wonder" {aka "La Décade Prodigieuse"}
[France Dec 1971, USA April 1972]
Chabrol's Ten Days' Wonder  A young sculptor wakes up in a hotel room, hands bloodied and not knowing how he got there. He recruits a college professor to go with him to his father's country chateau, where they find family intrigue, adultery, and blackmail. Directed by Claude Chabrol; based on a 1948 Ellery Queen novel; starring Orson Welles, Michel Piccoli, Anthony Perkins & Marlène Jobert
Pathfinder dubbed color DVD [5/2003] for $17.99
Pathfinder dubbed color VHS [5/2003] for $19.98
Vivendi subtitled color VHS [5/93] for $18.99
full credits from IMDb

"Treasure Island" [National General Oct 1972]
Treasure Island 1972 lobby card  Directed by John Hough; based on the classic 1883 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson [1850-94]; co-written by Wolf Mankowitz; co-written by & starring Orson Welles {as Long John Silver}; also starring Kim Burfield, Walter Slezak, Rik Battaglia, Lionel Stander, Ángel del Pozo, Jean Lefebvre & Maria Rohm
Region 1 DVD not available; Warner color VHS [9/98] out of prodn/rare
full credits from IMDb
see also "Treasure Island" Movies [1912-2010] Page

"L'Affaire Dominici" [1973] /tt0068176/
The 1952 slaying of a vacationing couple and their 10-year-old daughter in rural France sent shock waves
through the country; the matter was dubbed 'The Dominici Affair' after Gaston Dominici, the French peasant
who was jailed for the brutal crime. Controversial director Orson Welles explored the subject in a 26-minute film
for British television that was never broadcast

"L'Affaire Dominici par Orson Welles" [2000] /tt0477555/
This 52-minute documentary presents Orson Welles's unreleased short film, which is restored according to
the original script; it also incorporates newly-discovered archival information and film of a return to the scene
of the murders with the journalist who assisted Welles
http://www.amazon.com/Dominici-Affair-Orson-Welles/dp/B00005B6KC/

"It Happened One Christmas"
[Universal/NBC-TV Dec 1977]
It Happened One Xmas NBC TV holiday special starring Marlo Thomas  A gender-reversed reworking of Frank Capra's 1947 classic "It's A Wonderful Life"; a woman whose life is coming apart wishes that she had never been born, so an angel is sent to Earth to grant her wish after showing her how her never having been born would have affected everyone else. Directed by Donald Wrye; adapted by Lionel Chetwynd; co-produced by & starring Marlo Thomas, also starring Orson Welles, Wayne Rogers, Cloris Leachman & Barney Martin
DVDs were produced, but not available via Amazon (2009)
full credits from IMDb

"The Muppet Movie"  [Henson/A.F.D. June 1979]
The Muppet Movie pinkish poster  A frog, a bear and a pig head for Hollywood, while trying to elude a greedy fast-food magnate. On their way to fame & fortune, the characters get an agent, meet with a studio bigwig (Welles), and confront other dangers. Created by Jim Henson & Frank Oz; Directed by James Frawley; starring Kermit The Frog, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Miss Piggy, Rowlf The Dog, Charles Durning, Steve Martin, Orson Welles, Carol Kane, Milton Berle, Mel Brooks, James Coburn & Dom DeLuise
Disney color DVD [11/2005] for $13.99
Disney color VHS [3/93] out of prodn/many used
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.99
27"x40" poster from Amazon for $19.99
full credits from IMDbMagic Lantern's 'The Muppets' Page

"The Secret of Nikola Tesla" [Croatia 1980]
Secret of Nikola Tesla movie  Directed by Krsto Papic, starring Petar Bozovic as inventor Nikola Tesla &
Orson Welles as banker J.P. Morgan
UFO TV 105-minute color DVD [11/2003] for $26.99
UFO Central 105-minute color VHS [10/2001] for $28.45
2-hr video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Don Quijote de Orson Welles" [Spain 1992]
Don Quixote film project directed by Orson Welles  "The Lost Dream Project" Welles worked on this film much like an author might work on a novel, off and on for thirty years from 1955, and it was not entirely finished at his death in 1985. The 1992 release that was cobbled together by Jesus Franco & Javier Mina is far from Welles's intentions, and is missing major sequences, with other sequences filmed by them. (The bottom line is that this is currently the only way that the public can see any of Welles's footage.)
Written & directed by Orson Welles & Jesus Franco; based on the Cervantes novel published in 1604 & 1614; starring Francisco Reiguera, Akim Tamiroff, José Mediavilla & Patty McCormack, with archive footage of Orson Welles
Image Ent. b&w DVD [8/2008] for $12.99
full credits at IMDb

"Christmas Tails" [Drac Studios/Green Pictures back in development?]
Announced 2011: A recently-discovered recording of Orson Welles narrating a children’s Christmas story is being used as the basis for a 3-D live-action/C.G.I. hybrid feature film. Directed by Todd Tucker; based on the 1976 story by Robert X. Leeds • entry at IMDb is gone {4/2013} • official movie site {parked}


Stageplays, Radio, and Audio Works of Orson Welles

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Orson Welles's credits [17 shows, 1935-62] at Internet Broadway Database

The Mercury Theatre Online website
The Mercury Theatre's credits [3 shows, 1938-46] at Internet Broadway Database

"Orson Welles' Hello Americans" radio show [1942]
Welles turned a 1942 South American trip into a 12-week radio travelogue, full of strange places and customs.
available on audio CD-R from Amazon

"Around The World" Broadway musical [May-Aug 1946]
75 performances; music by Cole Porter, staged by Orson Welles

Orson Welles Reads From Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself (1953)  "Orson Welles Reads From America’s Greatest Poem,
Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself [1953]

vinyl record {album or 45rpm?} is scarce, not found on Amazon
listen to audio version [3:28] at YouTube

more Walt Whitman [1819-92] at Spirit of America Bookstore

Nov 1962 Playbill for Orson Welles's 'Moby Dick - Rehearsed'  "Moby Dick - Rehearsed" [Ethel Barrymore Theatre in NYC, Nov-Dec 1962]
The story begins with actors onstage discussing the production of a stageplay of 'Moby Dick'; the second act takes place on a wharf and then on the whaling ship Pequod. Written by Orson Welles; loosely adapted from 1851 novel "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville; starring Rod Steiger {in three roles}, Bruno Gerussi & Lex Monson; 13 total performances
official stageplay credits at Internet Broadway Database
playscript by Orson Welles [1965]
76-page Samuel French 8x5 pb [11/2011] for $9.95

"Orson Welles Radio Collection" 341 episodes on 7 CD disks


"Studio One: The Night America Trembled" live broadcast [CBS-TV 1957] /tt0712523/
A version of what happened on the night that Orson Welles broadcast his "War of The Worlds" radio program
starring Edward R. Murrow, Ed Asner, Warren Beatty, Alexander Scourby, James Coburn, Warren Oates
http://www.amazon.com/Studio-One-Night-America-Trembled/dp/B000YQUXNE/

Complete War of The Worlds  "The Complete War of The Worlds" [2001]
Edited by Brian Holmsten & Alex Lubertozzi

1897 illustrated edition of H.G. Wells's novel and audio of Orson Welles's
Hallowe'en 1938 Mercury Theatre radio broadcast
Sourcebooks hardcover {book + audio CD} [4/2001] out of prodn/50+ used
Old-Time Radio Starring Orson Welles  "The Best of Old-Time Radio Starring Orson Welles" [2001]
from Radio Spirits & the Smithsonian Institution

includes the 1938 "War of The Worlds" radio broadcast
Radio Spirits audio cassette & 60-page booklet [4/2001] for $24.98
War of the Worlds 1938 radio broadcast  "The War of the Worlds" Hallowe'en 1938 radio broadcast [2003]
cast includes Dan Seymour, William Alland, Frank Readick, Orson Welles,
Carl Frank, Kenneth Delmar, Richard Wilson, Ray Collins & Stefan Schnabel
Radio Spirits audio CD [2/2003] out of prodn/used
Radio Spirits audio [2/2003] out of prodn/used
'War of the Worlds' radio show entry at Wikipedia

           
Orson Welles Library audio  
"The Orson Welles Library" [1995]
readings include Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince", Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart", Joseph Conrad's "The Secret Sharer", "Letter to the Rev. Dr. Hyde", "The Red Room", "Wakefield", Rudyard Kipling's "Riki Tikki Tavi", Fitzgerald's "Diamond As Big As The Ritz", and many more
Dove/Audio Literature on 4 tapes [9/95] out of prodn/used
           

"The Shadow" radio program  [1931 to 1954]
mostly written by Walter B. Gibson, using the pen name 'Maxwell Grant';
Orson Welles acted the part on radio from 1937-38
'The Shadow' entry at Wikipedia
DR's Shadow fansite
'The Shadow: Master of Darkness' fansite
The Shadow radio program  
Radio Spirits audio CD [1/2006] 3 disks for $29.95
Radio Spirits audio CD box set [2/2003] for $17.98
Radio Spirits audio cassette [1/98] for $34.98
The Shadow Greatest Radio Adventures  "The Shadow: Greatest Radio Adventures" [2002] from Radio Spirits
total 40 episodes {20 hours}: 8 episodes starring Orson Welles; 15 episodes starring Bill Johnstone; 17 episodes starring Bret Morrison
Radio Spirits audio CD box set [7/2002] 20 disks & booklet for $69.98
The Shadow Lost Shows  
"The Shadow: The Lost Shows" [2006] from Radio Spirits
1 episode starring Orson Welles; 3 episodes starring Bill Johnstone; 4 episodes starring Bret Morrison; 2 episodes starring Albert Bester
Radio Spirits audio CD box set [1/2006] 5 disks for $39.95
The Shadow Chronicles   "The Shadow Chronicles" [2006] from Radio Spirits
2 episodes starring Orson Welles; 3 episodes starring Bill Johnstone; 2 episodes starring Bret Morrison; 1 episode starring John Archer, plus 1-hour audio documentary
Radio Spirits audio CD [1/2006] for $35.96
Radio Spirits audio [9/96] for $18.87


Family & Friends
George Orson Welles was born in 1915 in Kenosha, Wisconsin; his masterpiece "Citizen Kane" premiered
in New York City on 1 May 1941; he died at age 70 in Los Angeles, California in 1985.

first wife Virginia Nicholson [], married 1934–40

daughter Christopher 'Chris' Welles Feder [b. 1938]
"In My Father's Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles" [10/2009] by Chris Welles Feder
http://www.amazon.com/My-Fathers-Shadow-Daughter-Remembers/dp/1565125991/

mistress Dolores del Río [1904-83] from 1938 to 1942

second wife Rita Hayworth [1918-87], married 1943–48
daughter Rebecca Welles Manning [1944-2004]

third wife Paola Mori [1930-86]
married 1955, 'estranged for decades', widowed 1985
daughter Beatrice Welles [b. 1955]

mistress Oja Kodar [b. 1941] from 1966 to 1985

long-time friend bullfighter Antonio Ordóñez of Spain

friend Peter Bogdanovich (from circa 1970)


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