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The Magnificent Ambersons(1942)

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  • In the newspaper showing headlines indicating the explosion that injured George Amberson Minafer, also visible is an article written by "Jed Leland", a character from Citizen Kane (1941), also directed by Orson Welles.
  • RKO chopped 50 minutes of the film and added a happy ending while Welles was out of the country. The footage was subsequently destroyed; the only record of the removed scenes is the cutting continuity transcript.
  • The scenes with the automobile ride with the snow were filmed in an abandoned icehouse instead of the RKO stage reserved for such shots. However, it took much longer than anticipated because the equipment kept having problems that were brought on by the cold (film jamming because of frozen condensation, lenses fogging up, etc), because of this everyone involvled, except for Orson Welles, contracted a terrible head cold.
  • On its original release, the film was shown as a second feature on a double bill with "Mexican Spitfire Sees A Ghost".
  • Tim Holt and Anne Baxter walk past a movie theater advertising a film starring Jack Holt, Tim's father.
  • The preview of the movie occured a short time after Pearl Harbor. Because of this, most of the audience review cards stated that they didn't want to see a depressing movie, and that it should have more laughs and a happy ending. With Welles out of the country, the production team had to make the cuts and changes without his input.

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