In Los Angeles, 1940, the most crucial collaboration in the history of cinema was taking place. Three outstanding actors came together to recreate a crucial hour in cinema history, when Orson Welles came to Victorville in the Mojave Desert to deliver his verdict on the screenplay for what is still regarded as the greatest movie ever made, Citizen Kane. At stake is the credit for the film, being written by Herman J Mankiewicz and overseen by John Houseman.
The 1941 movie went on to win only one Academy Award, for Best Screenplay awarded to Welles and Mankiewicz. The only Oscar either even won.
Recorded on location, Stanley Kamel is Herman J Mankiewicz, David Odgen Stiers is John Houseman and Orson Welles is played by William Hootkins.
Written by Canadian-American dramatist Marcy Kahan
Director Ned Chaillet
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.
Los Angeles, 1940, the most crucial collaboration in the history of cinema took place.