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Director:
Writers:
Booth Tarkington (from the novel by)
Orson Welles (script writer)
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Release Date:
10 July 1942 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
From the Man who Made "The Best Picture of 1941" See more »
Plot:
The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Irony in the ending See more (98 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joseph Cotten ... Eugene

Dolores Costello ... Isabel

Anne Baxter ... Lucy

Tim Holt ... George

Agnes Moorehead ... Fanny

Ray Collins ... Jack
Erskine Sanford ... Roger Bronson
Richard Bennett ... Major Amberson

Orson Welles ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin August ... Citizen (uncredited)
Georgia Backus ... Matron (uncredited)
Harry A. Bailey ... Citizen (uncredited)
Olive Ball ... Mary - Maid (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Reverend Smith (uncredited)
William Blees ... Young Man at Accident (uncredited)
Lyle Clement ... Citizen (uncredited)
Bobby Cooper ... George Minafer as a Boy (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Wilbur Minafer (uncredited)
Heenan Elliott ... Workman (uncredited)
John Elliott ... Guest (uncredited)
William Elmer ... Servant (uncredited)
James Fawcett ... Citizen (uncredited)
Mel Ford ... Fred Kinney (uncredited)
Nancy Gates ... Girl (uncredited)
Nina Guilbert ... Guest (uncredited)
Maynard Holmes ... Citizen (uncredited)
Edward Howard ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Harry Humphrey ... Citizen (uncredited)
Elmer Jerome ... Attendee at Funeral (uncredited)
J. Louis Johnson ... Sam - Butler (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ... Citizen (uncredited)
Del Lawrence ... Citizen (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron ... Citizen (uncredited)
John McGuire ... Young Man (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Policeman (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Mrs. Foster (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Citizen (uncredited)
Charles R. Phipps ... Uncle John (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Nurse (uncredited)
Drew Roddy ... Elijah (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Hardware Man (uncredited)
Jack Santoro ... Barber (uncredited)
Gus Schilling ... Drug Clerk (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ... Matron (uncredited)
Sada Simmons ... Wife (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mrs. Johnson (uncredited)
James Westerfield ... Policeman at Accident (uncredited)
Joe Whitehead ... Citizen (uncredited)

Directed by
Orson Welles 
Fred Fleck (additional sequences) (uncredited)
Robert Wise (additional sequences) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Booth Tarkington (from the novel by)

Orson Welles (script writer)

Joseph Cotten  additional scenes (uncredited)
Jack Moss  additional scenes (uncredited)

Produced by
Jack Moss .... associate producer (uncredited)
George Schaefer .... executive producer (uncredited)
Orson Welles .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Stanley Cortez (photographer)
Jack MacKenzie (uncredited)
Orson Welles (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Wise (film editor)
Jack Moss (uncredited)
Mark Robson (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Albert S. D'Agostino (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup department head (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Maurice Seiderman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Fleck .... assistant director (as Freddie Fleck)
Harry Mancke .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
A. Roland Fields .... set dresser (as Al Fields)
Mark-Lee Kirk .... set designer
Chesley Bonestell .... background paintings (uncredited)
Charles Sayers .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bailey Fesler .... sound recordist
James G. Stewart .... sound recordist
Terry Kellum .... sound (uncredited)
Earl B. Mounce .... sound (uncredited)
James Thompson .... boom operator (uncredited)
John E. Tribby .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Clifford Stine .... process photography (uncredited)
 
Stunts
James Fawcett .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double: Tim Holt (uncredited)
Helen Thurston .... stunt double: Anne Baxter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Russell A. Cully .... photographer: additional scenes (uncredited)
William Eglinton .... camera department head (uncredited)
Eddie Garvin .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ralph Hoge .... grip (uncredited)
Alexander Kahle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill McLellan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Russell Metty .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Russell Metty .... photographer: additional scenes (uncredited)
Earl Miller .... electrician (uncredited)
Nicholas Musuraca .... photographer: additional scenes (uncredited)
Howard Schwartz .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bert Shipman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Harry J. Wild .... photographer: additional scenes (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Rufus Le Maire .... casting: Hollywood (uncredited)
Robert Palmer .... casting: Hollywood (uncredited)
Arthur Willy .... casting: New York (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edward Stevenson .... designer: ladies' wardrobe
Claire Cramer .... wardrobe department head (uncredited)
Earl Leas .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Margaret Van Horn .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mark Robson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
I.J. Wilkinson .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dave Dreyer .... music department head (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Elroy G. Cline .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William Alland .... assistant: Mr. Welles (uncredited)
John Barada .... ranch manager (uncredited)
Leda Bauer .... script reader: New York (uncredited)
Howard Benedict .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Herbert Drake .... publicist (uncredited)
H. Emolieff .... film export manager (uncredited)
Fred Fleck .... unit business manager (uncredited)
Winifred Hablam .... production notes (uncredited)
John Hamilton .... first aid (uncredited)
Ross Hastings .... production attorney (uncredited)
G.B. Hobe .... production treasurer (uncredited)
Amalia Kent .... script supervisor (uncredited)
J.B. McDonough .... business manager (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... research department head (uncredited)
Ivy R. McLean .... public relations (uncredited)
L. Messenger .... script reader: Hollywood (uncredited)
Howard Nelson .... maintenance (uncredited)
J.J. Nolan .... office manager (uncredited)
Roy S. Otto .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Sid Rogell .... backlot manager (uncredited)
Ann Rogers .... secretary: Mr. Welles (uncredited)
Louis Shapiro .... location manager (uncredited)
Richard Wilson .... assistant: Orson Welles (uncredited)
H. Winnicar .... studio teacher (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
88 min | 148 min (original cut) | 131 min (preview)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
Robert Wise's first directing experience, although uncredited.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In scene where Lucy and George say goodbye while walking down the street, Lucy's hair is pulled behind her neck. In closeup, as she watches George leave, her hair is in ringlets hanging in front of shoulders, then reverts to original hairdo when she goes into pharmacy.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:The magnificence of the Ambersons began in 1873. Their splendor lasted throughout all the years that saw their midland town spread and darken into a city. In that town, in those days, all the women who wore silk or velvet knew all the other women who wore silk or velvet...
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Edge of Outside (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
String Quintet In E, Op. 13 No. 5: MinuetSee more »

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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Irony in the ending, 15 April 2004
Author: dave-302 from New Jersey

This is a wonderful film, one of great pathos and sensitivity. Orson Welles was drawn to Tarkington's novel because Tarkington had been a friend of Welles' father and Welles identified strongly with the story, seeing something of his own family's history there.

Whether it is better than Kane is a fun question for film clubs to debate (I did once but I don't now), but it is interesting to note that while Orson Welles was particularly bitter that RKO re-shot his ending to make it more appealing to audiences, if you read the novel you will see that it is the novel's ending that RKO tacked on. Welles' ending was of his own invention and would have given the film a completely different tone.

So it is ironic that Welles always seemed to claim that RKO had destroyed the integrity of the novel's story when they only preserved it, if rather poorly in execution.

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