Orson Welles Takes on William Randolph Hearst

In 1939, Orson Welles signed a contract to make two films with the Hollywood studio RKO. This was no standard-issue movie contract. Nay, this contract likely made other filmmakers a bit envious: RKO guaranteed Welles complete control over his projects. This, even though he had never before made a film! And he was only 24 years old! RKO… Continue reading Orson Welles Takes on William Randolph Hearst

Book Reviews

Helen Twelvetrees’ Rotten Luck

Why didn’t Helen Twelvetrees become a legendary movie star? She had the talent: Just watch her in the little-known drama, Young Bride (1931). She plays a naive librarian who marries a slick-talking con artist (Eric Linden). One evening, shortly after their honeymoon, a restless Linden tells Twelvetrees he needs his space, needs to get out and see people. She, understandably, doesn’t… Continue reading Helen Twelvetrees’ Rotten Luck