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George Welles

Kenosha, 6 May 1915 – Los Angeles 10 October 1985




Orson son of Beatrice Ives, pianist and Richard Welles factory owner of vans.

Since he was young he was initiated to the most varied artistic forms and was treated in the family as a child prodigy, he starts playing the piano and dedicates himself to painting. Welles made his first theatrical appearance at only three years in the Samson and Delilah represented at the Chicago Opera.

In 1919 his parents separated and Orson followed his mother to Chicago where he began to attend artistic and intellectual circles. On May 10, 1924 Beatrice Welles died and Orson lived with his father.Dr. Maurice Bernstein, Welles ' family friend directs the boy to the artist Street giving him a magic lantern, a box of colors, a puppet theatre with which Orson begins to try his hand at all his own, providing from time to time the voice to All the characters. At ten years in school dedicates to student representations and directs and interprets his first show at Camp Indianola, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.In 1930, his father died and Orson passed under the tutelage of Dr. Bernstein. After completing his studies at the Todd School, he asked Dr. Bernstein to leave for Ireland for an artistic tour, moving with a donkey cart, which he also used to roof throughout the night. Arrived in Dublin exhausted his finances.


Orson says:


' When I arrived in Dublin I had to sell the donkey at auction, and myself. I think I could find an honest job as a gardener or dishwasher: Unfortunately I became an actor»


Welles decides to tempt the theatre road by appearing at the director's Gate Theatre in Dubblin, presenting himself as a great New Yorker actor, and is getting a gig among the main actors. In 1933 he decided to move to London to work at the Abbey Theatre Welles but was refused his work permit, and was forced to return to the United States, where he made shows at the Todd School, collaborating with Roger Hill to draft a series of essays on Shakespeare. In 1934, he marries the heiress Virginia Nicolson, from whom he will have a daughter, whom he calls Christopher, in the same period he runs a short film at Todd School, in which he plays the figure of death and who also participates in his wife Virginia in the role of An old Gentwoman. Orson moved to New York and debuted on Broadway in the role of Tibaldo in Romeo and Juliet in the company of Katherine Cornell. He realizes the Voodoo Macbeth, the most revolutionary version of Macbeth; The action was moved to Scotland in Haiti where the three witches were replaced with 40 sorcerers, another peculiarity the cast was formed entirely by black actors, chosen by Orson Welles in the streets of Harlem. Orson Welles and Houseman founded his own theater company, the Mercury Theatre with the intention of putting in classical and modern works. In 1938 the Mercury Theatre and Orson Welles became a daily presence in radio broadcasting at CBS with the Mercury Theatre, Welles classic theatrical and literary classics audio interpretations. Memorable October 30 transmission 1938 when Orson Welles plays a radio adaptation written by Howard e. Koch, war of mondi, the program sparked panic in much of the United States, as many listeners believed that the Earth was undergoing an alien attack. Orson knew that CBS was broadcasting on frequencies close to NBC where aired a program of comedian and ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, knew that Austria at a time in mind of its transmission, sent in wave music a break during which the public changing station and right at that moment Welles initiated the alien attack, an effective choice. According to the testimony of employees including the personal assistant Alland and excutive room CBS Davison 15 minutes after recording Taylor fell screaming to Welles: "for God's sake stop this thing!, out there people are crazy!" Orson replied to the Director-General of CBS Payle (joint in radio in slippers and bathrobe) who ordered them to stop the broadcast: "Stop? Why? Must be afraid, let me continue. " Believing that the events described in the conveyance were true, the listeners of the program panicked, not understanding that it was actually a simple radio program. Her film debut starts with the film Citizen Kane.


Fourth Power


«Fourth Power tells the story of the investigation made by a journalist named Thompson to discover the meaning of the last words of Charles Foster Kane. As his opinion is that the last words of a man must explain his life. Maybe it's true. He will never understand what Kane meant, but the audience understands it. His investigation led him to five people who knew Kane well, who loved him and hated him. They tell him five different stories, each of which is very partial, so that the truth about Kane can only be deduced – as any truth about an individual. According to some Kane only loved his mother, according to others he only loved his newspaper, only his second wife, only himself. Maybe he loved all these things, maybe he didn't love any of it. The public is the only judge. Kane was both selfish and selfless, at the same time an idealist and a cheater, a great man and a mediocre man. It all depends on who's talking about it. It is never seen through the objective eye of an author. The purpose of the film lies, on the other hand, in proposing a problem rather than solving it. »


(Orson Welles)


The filming of fourth power and the screenplay required three months of work, filming began on July 30, 1940, and then mount it on 23 October of the same year. The release date of the film was postponed repeatedly so that Welles threatened the RKO for breach of contract for this delay.


Orson Welles dies of a cardiac arrest on October 10, 1985 in Hollywood.





Fourth Power

The Amberson clock

The Stranger

The Lady of Shanghai


Infernal Relationship


Immortal Story

F as False

Terror on the Black Sea

The Forbidden Door

Only the future counts

The Stranger


The Third Man

The Prince of Foxes

The Black Rose

The tyrant of Glen

Process you

Immortal Stor 

The House of Cards


Letter to Kremilino

Ten Incredible Days


David and Goliath

King of Kings

The Long hot summer

The Infernal Quinian

The Roots of the sky

Frenzy of the crime

Confidential report

Moby Dick 

The Tatars

International Hotel

James Bond 007 – Casino Royale

Duel in the Sun

Man the Beast and virtue

Ro. Go. Pa. G.





The miserable 

The Mercury Theatre on the Air


Treasure Island

A Tale of Two Cities

The 39 Steps

I'm a Fool/Open Window/My Little Boy

Abraham Lincoln

The Affairs of Anatole

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Man Who Was

Julius Caesar

Jane Eyre

Sherlock Holmes

Oliver Twist

Hell on Ice


Around the world in 80 days

The War of the Worlds

Heart of Darkness

A Passager to Bali


The Bridge at San Luis Rey

The Campbell Playhouse 


A Christams Carol

Counselor – at Low 

The Bounty Mutiny 

I Lost My Girlsh Laughter


The Green Goddes 

The Glass Key 

Beau Geste 


The Patriot

Private Lives 

Wickford Point 

Our Town 

Things We Have

Victoria Regina 

Peter Ibbestson 

Ah, Wilderness

What Every Woman Knows 

The Earl of Monte Cristo




The Amberson's Clock 

The Hurricane  

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 

The Garden of Allah 



There’s Always a Woman

A Christmas Carol

Vanity Fair 

Theodora Goes Wild 

The Citadel 

It Happened One Night 

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town 

Dinner at Eight 

Only Angels Have Wings 

Rabbie in Arms 

Craigs’s Wife 

Huckleberry Finn

June Moon







Gate Theatre di Dublino (1931 – 1934 )


The Lady from the Sea, di Henrik Ibsen

The Three Sisters, di Anton Cechov

Alice in the wonderland USA



Tood School, Woodstock ( 1934 – 1936)


Tribly, di Gerald Du Maurier

The drunkard, di Mr. Smith di Boston

Amleto, di William Shakespeare

Czar Paul di Dimitri Merejeswskij



Pre Mercury Theatre (1936 -37 )



William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Lafayette Theatre -New York

Horse Eats Hat da Eugène Labiche, Un Chapeau de pallile d’Italie - Maxine Elliott Theatre, New York

Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus – Maxine Elliott Theatre, New York

Aaron Copland, The Second Hurricane – Henry Street Palyhouse, New York



It has been dubbed by


Emilio Cigoli to Fourth Power, the pride of the ambersons, Terror on the Black Sea, the forbidden door, counts only the future, The Stranger, the Lady of Shanghai, Cagliostro, the third man, the Prince of Foxes, the Black Rose, the tyrant Glen, the Process, Immortal story


Corrado Gaipa to Falstaff, the Castle of Cards, Tepepa, letter to Kremilino, ten incredible days, the clock of Amberson (redubbing)


Gino Cervi to Macbeth, Othello, David and Goliath, King of Kings


Gino Capecchi to the long hot summer, the Infernael Quinian, the Roots of the sky, frenzy of the crime


Renato Turi to Confidential relationship, Moby Dick, I Tartari


Carlo Romano to International Hotel, James Bond 007 – Casino Royale


Aldo Silvani  to Duel in the Sun


Giorgio Bassani  to  Ro. Go. Pa. G. 


Mario besesti  to Man the Beast and Virtue


Mario Bardella  to One in 13


Roberto Villa  to Terror on the Black Sea


Carlo Baccarini to L'infernal Quintan