Orson Welles' long-lost silent comedy Too Much Johnson was made in conjunction with a Mercury Theater stage production of William Gillete’s 1894 play. This fast-paced farce of mistaken identities tells the story of Augustus Billings who is carrying on an extramarital affair under the made-up identity of a Cuban plantation owner named Johnson. Upon arrival in Santiago along with his wife and mother-in-law, he soon learns that the real Johnson actually exists. The Film was never shown publicly and the only known print destroyed in a fire in 1970. A nitrate work print recently has been restored by George Eastman House, in collaboration with the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Cineteca del Friuli.
A live score for the film will be composed and performed by Lenny Young (oboe, electronics) in collaboration with Jeff Berman (percussion) and Tracey Mortimer (bass).
Preservation funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation. Print couresy of George Eastman House.
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