Re: RARA-AVIS: Help Finding Stories

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 20 Jan 2000

On Wed, 19 Jan 2000, Jim Beaver wrote:

> But Heston as Vargas and Leigh as the WASP wife were in place when Welles
> came aboard as director. Until Heston used his influence as star of the
> film, Welles was merely another actor in it, with no say over the casting or
> the script. Heston got him the directing job. So it seems that Welles's
> participation in the writing of the script must have come AFTER the
> nationalities were switched.

There's a different version about how Welles got the job in James Naremore's Welles book: Welles wanted a job badly and got a role in the producer Albert Zugsmith's film. They got acquainted ("over a bottle of vodka") and Welles offered to direct "the worst script" Zugsmith had to offer. And it was Paul Monash's. According to Naremore, Welles rewrote the script. But Naremore hadn't seen Monash's script, so who can tell?


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