REQUIEM FOR A HAPPY PRINCE {ORSON WELLES} (RADIO)

Summary

This program honors Orson Welles and was produced by KBIG in Los Angeles. In this tribute, Welles's biographers Charles Higham and Barbara Leaming, UCLA film archivist Bob Git, actors Charlton Heston and Jeanne Moreau, and film critic Pauline Kael discuss Welles's film career. Topics covered include: the "smokescreen" he created around his personal life, his well-publicized career problems, his difficulties working within the commercial Hollywood framework, and the restoration of his 1948 film, "Macbeth." These comments are woven into a 1945 radio broadcast of Oscar Wilde's story, "The Happy Prince," narrated by Welles, about a statue (played by Bing Crosby) that sacrifices its beauty to help those in need. The program also includes excerpts from a 1983 BBC interview with Welles, who explains his mistake not to have abandoned filmmaking and his appearance in several mediocre films.

Details

  • NETWORK: KBIG-TV
  • DATE: December 8, 1985
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:30:00
  • COLOR/B&W:
  • CATALOG ID: R88:0173
  • GENRE: Radio - Specials
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Biography
  • SERIES RUN: KBIG (Los Angeles, CA) - Radio, 1985
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Joel Bellman … Host, Announcer
    • Bob Git
    • Oscar Wilde
    • Charlton Heston
    • Orson Welles
    • Jeanne Moreau
    • Barbara Leaming
    • Charles Higham
    • Pauline Kael