U.S. Premiere! Too Much Johnson (1938)

On Wednesday October 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm in Dryden Theatre

Too Much Johnson
(Mercury Theatre/Orson Welles dir., US 1938)
Courtesy Cinemazero and Cineteca del Friuli.

George Eastman House will present the exclusive U.S. premiere of Too Much Johnson (1938), along with a 16mm home movie of Welles shooting the film on location ([Home Movie. Myron Falk Collection. Orson Welles Directing Too Much Johnson], 1938, 3 min.), courtesy UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

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Starring Joseph Cotten, Arlene Francis, and Ruth Ford, this silent slapstick comedy Too Much Johnson was made in conjunction with a Mercury Theatre stage production of William Gillette's 1894 play. Augustus Billings (Cotten) philanders under the made-up identity of a plantation owner named Johnson—and then discovers Johnson actually exists. This farce of mistaken identities was never shown publicly, and the only known print destroyed in a fire in 1970. A nitrate work print recently discovered has been restored by George Eastman House, in collaboration with the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Cineteca del Friuli.

Remarks by Ron and Donna Fielding Director Bruce Barnes and Sr. Curator of Motion Pictures Paolo Cherchi Usai will precede the screening, narrated by Cherchi Usai with live accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.

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