Citizen Kane Minute #7 – The Girl On The Ferry

CITIZEN KANE MINUTE #7 - The Girl On The Ferry

The greatest film of all time, five minutes at a time.

  • Minutes 30:00-35:00
  • Special Guest: Steve Givens

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4 responses to “Citizen Kane Minute #7 – The Girl On The Ferry

  1. You guys mentioned Welles’ appearance on a 1956 episode of I Love Lucy titled “Lucy Meets Orson Welles.” His appearance on the sitcom came about because Desi Arnaz was interested in hiring him for a proposed Desilu anthology series. It was intended to feature a series of short stories with Welles acting as narrator & to be a kind of Mercury Theater for Television. Welles did write and direct a half hour pilot which aired once. Before signing the deal Arnaz had clarified the finances with Welles: “I am not RKO. This is my ‘Babalu’ money,” Arnaz told him. “I never had any trouble with Orson,” he wrote.

    The pilot by Welles and is titled “The Fountain of Youth.” It won the Peabody Award. Unfortunately, it did not lead to a series as Arnaz saw how difficult it would be for Welles to conform to a TV schedule. You can watch the pilot below. It’s an odd little footnote to Welles’ directorial career. I’d be interested to hear Rob’s thoughts on this one.

  2. The discussion about hesitating for just moment and wondering what could have been was fascinating. I passed by a lonely and disgruntled looking Walter Koenig’s table at a convention once, but I don’t regret not talking to him. He seemed so put out that I can’t imagine the exchange would have been very pleasant for either of us.

    One encounter I’m actually proud of, that’s pretty much the opposite of this discussion, was with the screen’s original Lois Lane, Noel Neil. My family went a day early for Metropolis, Illinois’ annual Superman Celebration. We were walking through the Superman Museum there, and I noticed Ms. Neil was also touring the museum, and pointed her out to Cindy. I had already decided I wasn’t going to bother her. She was “off the clock” and I could meet her tomorrow during the event if I wanted to. She noticed our son Andrew, who was 4 or 5 at the time, and struck up a conversation with him, and then us. I’m not sure if she knew I was aware of who she was or not, because I never fawned over her. She was just a nice lady talking to a cute little kid, and I will always cherish that memory. It’s actually my favorite celebrity encounter because it’s a real moment.

    On the other hand, flash forward 11 years or so, and Andrew had a similar moment mentioned in the film at our LCS. A very cute readhead was checking him out and smiling at him. I saw it too, but he never spoke to her. We tried to figure out who she was later, but the owner never could identify her. When a cute, comic-loving girl gives you the eye…you better take that chance!!!


    1. Two very awesome stories, Chris! I think I’ve heard you tell the Noel Neil one before, but Andrew’s missed encounter with the cute redhead is a new one. Hopefully, he has learned not to let such opportunities slip by him.

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