Welles's second film. A fascinating, inventive translation of the Booth Tarkington novel about a wealthy turn of the century family collapsing under the changing currents of progress. Pure Welles, except the glaringly bad tacked-on ending that the studio shot (under the direction of the great Robert Wise and Fred Fleck), after taking the film from him. It seems they wanted the proverbial happy ending.
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Available on VHS
Running time 88 minutes.
Natl. Film Reg. 1991;; N.Y. Film Critics 1942: Actress (Moorehead).
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