The only known copy of the film was said to have been destroyed in a fire at Orson Welles' villa in Madrid, Spain, in August 1970. However, as of 2013, a copy has turned up in Pordenone, Italy. The restoration's premiere: October 2013.
Orson Welles shot this film as part of an experiment in using film as part of a stage production of William Gillette's farce. Unfortunately, the film was never shown publicly because, though Welles had legally arranged for the right to stage Gillette's copyrighted play, the movie rights were held by Paramount, which took out an injunction to prevent Welles from showing the film.
The long-missing silent short has turned up in Italy and been restored for an October premiere. The 35mm nitrate work print was discovered in a warehouse in Pordenone and turned over to the George Eastman House for restoration and preservation.
The film consists of three parts, all introductions to acts of Orson Welles' play. A total of 66 minutes of footage were found in Italy (including some "dailies"-style multiple takes) but were never finished being edited down to the workprint length of 40 minutes. It is not known for sure why the film was never released, possibly because Welles was too busy working on other projects.