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curtis miller
I was an extra in Orson Welles' last film
on May 15, 2012 at 3:26:38 pm

In 1973, my older sister got hit on by a guy in our apartment complex in Tempe, AZ. It was an appealing
date idea he had, being extras in a movie!
Not caring much for her suitor, Sandy asked him
if her little brother could come along. The three of
us headed out to the town of Carefree where the "new"
Dick Van Dyke show was filmed, and the "new" Bob Newhart Show too. Sure enough, they were making a movie and, sure enough, they did need extras.
It was a movie about a movie director on his way
out and another one, on his way up. And it was
being directed by Orson Welles. And the director on his way out? John Huston. The up and commer? Peter Bogdanivich. Our scenes were a celebration and premiering of Huston's character's last film.
We were to portray film press and buffs on the
sidelines of these events. ( There was one grand
scene being filmed by candlelight and I was asked
off set because my white shirt was too bright, and
John Huston invited me to sit on a couch with
Mr.Huston on my left and Mr.Welles directing on my
Unfortunately, the whole project was being funded
by Persians and when the revolution happened
the uncut film ended up exiled in a Paris vault.
Last I heard, Bogdanivich had gotten it out of hock
and obtained permission to finish cutting it( he had
sat in on some editing originally with Welles).
That was over two years ago.
Anyone know anything else?
(There are a couple clips on YouTube!)


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Mark Suszko
Re: I was an extra in Orson Welles' last film
on May 15, 2012 at 4:28:02 pm

If anybody should cut this to finish it, it should be Peter Bogdonaovich. Or possibly Marty.

I would love to see it myself. It really is supposed to be auto-biographical, but with Welles, he never let the facts of his life get in the way of telling his version of the story.

It will be interesting and entertaining, I promise.

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