Re: It's All True

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Posted by Charles Koerner/Lloyd Wright on July 27, 2001 at 22:48:59:

In Reply to: Re: It's All True posted by Jack Moss/ Charles Keorner on July 25, 2001 at 09:28:20:

July 1, 1942

Upon completion of The Magnificent Ambersons and Journey Into Fear and pending completion of Orson Welles' work in Brazil and his return, there is nothing further to be done at RKO Studios by representatives of Mr. Welles or Mercury Productions, in connection with either of the completed pictures or the picture currently being photographed in South America. Accordingly, because space was urgently needed for those engaged in current production, RKO requested representatives of Mr. Welles to make available offices which had been occupied by them. RKO's future relationship with Mr. Welles will be discussed with him upon his return from South America.

A few days later, Orson Welles attorney in Hollywood, Lloyd Wright, issues the following statement, reacting to Mercury Productions having been banished from the RKO lot. In Brazil, when told of these events, Welles replies, "Don't worry, boys we're just passing a bad Koerner."


Disagreements that have existed between RKO and Orson Welles and his Mercury Productions have culminated in the necessity of his leaving the RKO Pathe lot. Journey Into Fear, on which Mr. Welles was working prior to leaving for Brazil, was arbitrarily taken over by RKO during Mr. Welles' absence and is being edited without benefit of the services of those who worked on the picture and conceived its creation. Mr. Welles is at present completing his services in Brazil where he went to make a picture in the interests of hemispheric solidarity. This film will be released by RKO. Mr. Welles will return to Hollywood in the last week in July, after reporting back to Washington.

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