About the film
slapstick silent film
Too Much Johnson
Release Date: November 11, 1938
|Production Companies||:||Mercury Theater|
|Producers||:||Orson Welles, John Houseman, John Berry, Richard Wilson, Richard Wilson|
|Writers||:||Orson Welles, William Gillette|
This film was not intended to stand by itself, but was designed as the cinematic aspect of Welles' Mercury Theatre stage presentation of William Gillette's 1894 comedy about a New York playboy who flees from the violent husband of his mistress and borrows the identity of a plantation owner in Cuba who is expecting the arrival of a mail order bride. The film component of the performance was ultimately never screened due to the absence of projection facilities at the venue. Long-believed to be lost, a workprint was discovered in 2008 and the film had its premiere in 2013.