Too Much Johnson

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Too Much Johnson

slapstick silent film

Too Much Johnson

Release Date: November 11, 1938

Year    :   1938
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Genres    :   Comedy
Production Companies    :   Mercury Theater
Director    :   Orson Welles
Producers    :   Orson Welles, John Houseman, John Berry, Richard Wilson, Richard Wilson
Writers    :   Orson Welles, William Gillette
RunTime    :   66 mins.

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.




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