Rochester, N.Y. – A lost 1938 Orson Welles film made its North American debut in at the George Eastman House Wednesday night. Too Much Johnson was a comedy that was supposed to accompany a play by the same name but was never completed.
Despite the film never being completed, the head curator at the George Eastman House Paolo Cherchi Usai says “the film inspired Welles to dedicate the rest of his career to film.”
The silent film was found in a warehouse in Italy back in 2008 and was restored at the George Eastman House.
Welles was working on the film three years before he directed, produced, wrote, and starred in Citizen Kane.