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Mercury Theatre

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Works: 44 works in 81 publications in 1 language and 4,113 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Television adaptations  Television programs  Television plays  Case studies  Radio plays 
Roles: Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 822.33
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Most widely held works by Mercury Theatre
Citizen Kane by Orson Welles( visu )
12 editions published between 1941 and 2011 in English and held by 2,709 libraries worldwide
The battle over Citizen Kane: Examines the lives of William Randolph Hearst, the powerful newspaper magnate, and director/actor, Orson Welles as they clashed over Welles first film: "Citizen Kane". Hearst's reaction upon learning about the film, which portrayed him unfavorably, was to work to suppress it and destroy Welles. Major movie theater chains refused to show "Citizen Kane", and Welles' masterpiece virtually disappeared for almost 25 years. Never again would Orson Welles gain control of a major Hollywood production
Orson Welles Citizen Kane ( visu )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 385 libraries worldwide
Citizen Kane: Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. The battle over Citizen Kane: American experience documentary about the making of Citizen Kane and Orson Welles estate. RKO 281: Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane, despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst
The tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare( visu )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 279 libraries worldwide
Dramatization of William Shakespeare's play in which the evil Iago plants seeds of doubt in Othello's mind about Desdemona's fidelity
The magnificent Ambersons by Orson Welles( visu )
7 editions published between 1942 and 2011 in English and held by 253 libraries worldwide
"In 1873, in a small Midland town, the magnificence of the Ambersons, the town's wealthiest family, dominates the social scene. The denizens are abuzz with the news that Isabel Amberson, the daughter of the family, has jilted her suitor, Eugene Morgan, because he embarrassed her by becoming tipsy and stepping through a bass violin. After Isabel spurns Gene for the more prosaic Wilbur Minafer, the couple are married and bear a son, George Amberson Minafer. Isabel pours all the love that she felt for Gene into George, and consequently the boy develops into a spoiled enfant terrible. He soon engenders the enmity of all the townspeople, who eagerly anticipate the boy's 'comeuppance.' Years later, George comes home from college for the holidays and his family stages one of the last great balls in his honor. Gene, now widowed, returns to town after a long absence and attends the dance with his daughter Lucy. George, enchanted by Lucy and unaware of her father's former romance with his mother, asks her to dance. When Lucy tells George that her father, an inventor, is developing a horseless carriage, George ridicules the idea, causing Lucy to comment on the boy's self-important attitude. After George declares that his goal in life is to become a yachtsman, Lucy criticizes his lack of ambition. At the end of the evening, George voices his animosity toward Gene and teases his spinster aunt Fanny about pursuing the widower. The next afternoon, George invites Lucy on a sleigh ride. When their sleigh overturns, spilling them into the snow, Gene gives them a ride home in his horseless carriage. Some time later, Wilbur, who has become depressed over a series of bad investments, dies. Unmoved by his father's death, George returns from school and continues to taunt Fanny about her romantic interest in Gene. As the Ambersons' fortune declines, Gene's auto factory becomes a financial success. While seated in the arbor with Isabel one day, Gene, who has never stopped loving her, begs her to tell George about their love for each other, but Isabel is afraid to incur her son's disapproval. Later, George proposes to Lucy, and when she rejects him because of his lack of ambition, George blames Gene for Lucy's opinions. After Lucy leaves town to visit a friend, the Ambersons invite Gene to dinner. When the discussion turns to the way in which Gene's horseless carriage will revolutionize civilization, George denounces the automobile as a nuisance. After dinner, Fanny praises George for defending his mother's reputation by being rude to Gene. When Fanny tells George that the entire town has been gossiping about Gene's courtship of Isabel, the boy becomes furious. The next day, when Gene comes to take Isabel for a drive, George refuses to let him see his mother and slams the door in his face. Shocked by George's behavior, Jack, Isabel's brother, escorts his sister into the dining room for a private conference to discuss his nephew's conduct, while George and Fanny bicker on the staircase. Afterward, in a letter to Isabel, Gene confides his fear that George will never accept their marriage and presses her to choose between her true love and her son. Although torn, the always-devoted mother Isabel chooses her son. When Lucy returns home, George informs her that he and his mother are leaving on an around-the-world trip and he may never see her again. Lucy feigns indifference, but once George walks away, she faints. Some time later, Jack returns home from Paris after visting his sister and George. He confides to Gene that although Isabel is gravely ill, George will not allow her to leave Europe. When Isabel, now an invalid, returns home to die, Gene comes to see her but is turned away by her family because she is too sick for visitors. As George holds his mother's hand at her deathbed, Isabel, with her dying words, expresses her desire to see Gene one last time. Soon after, Isabel's father, Major Amberson, devastated by his daughter's death and family's dwindling fortunes, dies. Penniless, Jack says goodbye to George and leaves town to accept a job elsewhere. Gene, now accompanied by Lucy, returns to the arbor where Lucy recalls the legend of a brash young Indian chief who was exiled by his tribe for his odious conduct. Destitute, George finds employment as a low-paid clerk in a law office. When Fanny, in a hysterical fit of self-pity, insists on moving into an expensive boardinghouse, however, George quits his job to take higher paying work in a dynamite factory. On the day before he is to move out of the family mansion, George visits his deceased mother's empty bed and preys for forgiveness. Afterward, he is struck by a car and hospitalized. When Lucy reads the news of George's accident, she insists on going to him at the hospital and Gene follows. In the corridor outside George's room, Gene tells Fanny that Lucy's presence has restored George's will to live and that George has extended his hand and asked for forgiveness. Gene then confides that he felt Isabel's presence in George's hospital room and that by offering her son refuge, he was being true to his undying love for her"--AFI catalog, 1941-1950
Macbeth by William Shakespeare( visu )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 161 libraries worldwide
Driven by ambition and an unscrupulous wife, Macbeth murders the King of Scotland and claims the throne for himself. Haunted by ghosts and vexed by witches, he and his wife descend into the depths of madness and paranoia as they crumble beneath the weight of their crimes
Bunny by Jack Thorne( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 48 libraries worldwide
"Scorching heat. A fight. A car chase. A siege. When her boyfriend is attacked on the street, feisty eighteen-year-old Katie is thrust on a white-knuckle ride through one extraordinary evening. Amidst the baying for blood and the longing for love, Katie is forced to decide her future."--Publisher description
Citizen Kane The battle over Citizen Kane ( visu )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Battle over Citizen Kane (1996, 113 min.): Looks at the lives and careers of Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst, and how Hearst tries to suppress the 1941 film Citizen Kane and destroy Welles
Macbeth by William Shakespeare( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 26 libraries worldwide
Shakespeare's Macbeth with Orson Welles in the title role. Moved by his own burning ambition and that of his unscrupulous wife, Madbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland and seizes his crown. But his insatiable lust for power soon leads Macbeth towards his own destruction
Julius Caesar Richard II by William Shakespeare( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 22 libraries worldwide
The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare( Sound Recording )
5 editions published between 1938 and 1998 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, agrees to lend Antonio, a Venetian merchant, three thousand ducats. However, Shylock has one condition: should the loan go unpaid, he will be entitled to a pound of Antonio's own flesh... Greed, love, a dramatic trial, broad humour and some of Shakespeare's most famous speeches - this is both a comedy and a tragedy - Container
Julius Caesar Twelfth night, etc. by William Shakespeare( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare( Sound Recording )
2 editions published between 1938 and 1940 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
As a triumphal parade celebrates Julius Caesar and his defeat of the Roman general Pompey, Cassius schemes with Brutus to bring an end to Caesar before he becomes king and destroys the republic. Meanwhile, a soothsayer warns Caesar to "beware the Ides of March".--Container
Citizen Kane original motion picture soundtrack by Orson Welles( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
The war of the worlds definitive 75th anniversary collection, 1938-2013 ( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
The night before Halloween, October 30th, or Devil s Night if you will, was once an event that found mischievous youngsters pulling off relatively innocent pranks such as strewing toilet paper on trees, smashing eggs on cars, and marking storefront windows with a bar of soap. Yet one particular Devil s Night in 1938 included a live radio broadcast of H.G. Wells The War of the Worlds, and our world was never quite the same. That night its creator, a relatively unknown 23-year-old with an eloquent, seasoned voice beyond his years named Orson Welles (who later described the broadcast as merely a Halloween prank ), became an overnight sensation. The next time anyone heard of him, he d won an Oscar with Citizen Kane. In fact, many of the evening s key co-conspirators would also go on to monumental Oscar-winning careers, including producer-turned-actor John Houseman (The Paper Chase, Julius Caesar), writer Howard Koch (Casablanca, Sergeant York), and composer Bernard Herrmann (Vertigo, Psycho, Taxi Driver). But on this night, they sent thousands of panicked radio listeners into a frenzied wave of terror unlike any event before that crisp October night. This definitive, limited edition, digitally-remastered 2 CD set marks the 75th anniversary of this legendary 1938 broadcast featuring vast liner notes, rare photographs, the thrilling 1955 broadcast starring Dana Andrews (Laura), and a seldom-heard 1940 radio conversation between Orson Welles and the author of the original story, H.G. Wells. --Official Press Release
The battle over Citizen Kane ( visu )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
American experience documentary about the making of Citizen Kane and Orson Welles estate
The war of the worlds by H. G Wells( Sound Recording )
4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
The infamous 1938 broadcast that had a nation convinced the planet was being invaded by martians
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 1938 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
The lovely Viola disguises herself as a young man and quickly falls in love with the Duke she serves. The Duke in turn sends the disguised Viola to woo his lady - the fiesty and impetuous Olivia. Olivia becomes smitten with the young man Viola impersonates, and all careens to a happy resolution by the play's end
RKO 281 ( visu )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane, despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst
Citizen Kane The battle over Citizen Kane, and RKO 281 ( visu )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
RKO 281 (1999, 87 min.): The battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Citizen Kane is the stuff of legend, rich with tales of sexual blackmail, money and threats made behind closed doors
The war of the worlds by Howard Koch( Sound Recording )
2 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
A fictional account of a Martian invasion of earth. The script, Invasion from Mars, was written by Howard Koch and was based on the 1898 novella by H.G. Wells
 
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