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Too Much Johnson (1938)

A woman has two lovers. When one man finds out about the other, he acts as a villain and chases after the protagonist.

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Augustus Billings
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Lenore Faddish (as Anna Stafford)
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Leon Dathis
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Mrs. Clairette Dathis
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Posing as wealthy Cuban plantation owner Joseph Johnson, Augustus Billings is having an affair with married Clairette Dathis. Augustus is able to get away just before Clairette's husband, Leon Dathis, comes home. But Leon finds out about the affair. With Augustus' photograph in hand, Leon goes on a search for his wife's lover. The ensuing chase leads to one sight gag close call after another. Eventually, the real Joseph Johnson in Cuba gets unwittingly into the act. Written by Huggo

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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. See more »

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Could have understudied Mack Sennett
29 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

I have to judge Orson Welles's real first effort at cinema by what I saw. If he was 20 years older I would say he understudied with Mack Sennett. But the reels of Too Much Johnson were disjointed and the lack of cards in this silent effort made it incoherent.

The Citadel Film Series book on Orson Welles says that the film was forever lost. Apparently not so. The filmed sequences were part of a prologue to a stage version of a Victorian era play Too Much Johnson that actor William Gillette wrote. An experiment in a multi-media presentation that Orson's Mercury Theater was trying.

In the prologue film you'll see familiar Mercury names like Joseph Cotten in the film. It's Cotten showing a great talent for slapstick that one would never associate with him. I loved that scene with Cotten knocking off all the hats he can find with the gusto of a Charlie Chaplin.

But honestly I could not follow what was going on. Maybe Had Orson completed the project and we saw it as he saw it, the results would be better.

As it is I wonder what Mack Sennett would have thought of Too Much Johnson.


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