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The Magnificent Ambersons ()


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The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

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Eugene Morgan
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Isabel Amberson Minafer
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Lucy Morgan
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George Minafer
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Fanny Minafer
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Jack Amberson
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Roger Bronson
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Major Amberson
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Narrator (voice)
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Citizen (uncredited)
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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)
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Wilbur Minafer (uncredited)
Heenan Elliott ...
Workman (uncredited)
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Guest (uncredited)
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Servant (uncredited)
James Fawcett ...
Citizen (uncredited)
Mel Ford ...
Fred Kinney (uncredited)
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Girl (uncredited)
Nina Guilbert ...
Guest (uncredited)
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Citizen (uncredited)
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Chauffeur (uncredited)
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Citizen (uncredited)
Elmer Jerome ...
Attendee at Funeral (uncredited)
J. Louis Johnson ...
Sam - Butler (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ...
Citizen (uncredited)
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Citizen (uncredited)
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Citizen (uncredited)
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Young Man (uncredited)
Philip Morris ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ...
Mrs. Foster (uncredited)
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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)
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Drug Clerk (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ...
Matron (uncredited)
Sada Simmons ...
Wife (uncredited)
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Mrs. Johnson (uncredited)
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Policeman at Accident (uncredited)
Joe Whitehead ...
Citizen (uncredited)

Directed by

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Orson Welles
Fred Fleck ... (uncredited) (additional sequences)
Robert Wise ... (uncredited) (additional sequences)

Written by

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Booth Tarkington ... (from the novel by)
 
Orson Welles ... (script writer)
 
Joseph Cotten ... (additional scenes) (uncredited)
 
Jack Moss ... (additional scenes) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Jack Moss ... associate producer (uncredited)
George Schaefer ... executive producer (uncredited)
Orson Welles ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Bernard Herrmann ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Stanley Cortez ... (photographer)
Jack MacKenzie ... (uncredited)
Orson Welles ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

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Robert Wise ... film editor
Jack Moss ... (uncredited)
Mark Robson ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Mark Robson ... assistant editor (uncredited)
I.J. Wilkinson ... negative cutter (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Albert S. D'Agostino ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Albert S. D'Agostino ... (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

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Darrell Silvera ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Mel Berns ... makeup department head (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Maurice Seiderman ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Fred Fleck ... assistant director (uncredited)
Harry Mancke ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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A. Roland Fields ... set dresser (as Al Fields)
Mark-Lee Kirk ... set designer
Chesley Bonestell ... background paintings (uncredited)
Charles Sayers ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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

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Vernon L. Walker ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Clifford Stine ... process photography (uncredited)

Stunts

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James Fawcett ... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe ... stunt double: Tim Holt (uncredited)
Helen Thurston ... stunt double: Anne Baxter (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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) / photographer: additional scenes (uncredited)
Earl Miller ... electrician (uncredited)
Nicholas Musuraca ... photographer: additional scenes (uncredited)
Howard Schwartz ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bert Shipman ... camera operator (uncredited)
Phil Stern ... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry J. Wild ... photographer: additional scenes (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Rufus Le Maire ... casting: Hollywood (uncredited)
Robert Palmer ... casting: Hollywood (uncredited)
Arthur Willy ... casting: New York (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Edward Stevenson ... designer: ladies' wardrobe
Claire Cramer ... wardrobe department head (uncredited)
Earl Leas ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Margaret Van Horn ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)

Location Management

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Louis Shapiro ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Dave Dreyer ... music department head (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann ... conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Roy Webb ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Elroy G. Cline ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

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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)
Richard Wilson ... assistant: Orson Welles (uncredited)
H. Winnicar ... studio teacher (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The young, handsome, but somewhat wild Eugene Morgan wants to marry Isabel Amberson, daughter of a rich upper-class family, but she instead marries dull and steady Wilbur Minafer. Their only child, George, grows up a spoiled brat. Years later, Eugene comes back, now a mature widower and a successful automobile maker. After Wilbur dies, Eugene again asks Isabel to marry him, and she is receptive. But George resents the attentions paid to his mother, and he and his whacko aunt Fanny manage to sabotage the romance. A series of disasters befall the Ambersons and George, and he gets his come-uppance in the end. Written by John Oswalt

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Taglines From the Man Who Made "The Best Picture of 1941" See more »
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Also Known As
  • La splendeur des Amberson (France)
  • Der Glanz des Hauses Amberson (Germany)
  • El cuarto mandamiento (Spain)
  • Великолепие Амберсонов (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Der Glanz des Hauses Amberson (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 88 min
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Budget $850,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia One of former silent star Dolores Costello's last roles. She was forced to retire from the film business as her face had become badly scarred by early film make-up which was highly caustic. See more »
Goofs Towards end of long tracking shot with George and Lucy in horse-drawn carriage, portion of rear end of camera car and some sort of filmmaking equipment briefly enters left side of frame. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Une histoire seule (1989). See more »
Soundtracks The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo See more »
Crazy Credits All of the credits except the RKO logo, the film's title and the copyright notice are recited orally (by Orson Welles) at the end of the film, not written out onscreen. As Welles recites the names of the production crew, we see such items as a motion picture camera when he says "Director of Photography", a pair of hands turning knobs as he says the words "Sound Recording By", etc. See more »
Quotes Jack: My gosh, the old times are certainly starting all over again.
Eugene: Old times, not a bit. There aren't any old times. When times are gone, they're not old, they're dead. There aren't any times but new times.
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