I was lucky to see quite a good copy of this, which nicely adds to Orson Welles' other work doing comedy in American television during mid 50's. Other two are, of course, his own "Fountain Of Youth" and his appearence in "I Love Lucy".
I think this is better than the 1939 Campbell Playhouse radio-version of it.
Welles' performance is very funny in best screwball-tradition and Keenan Wynn and Ray Collins are excellent in their parts.There are not very much info about this anywhere and I have never seen anything that Welles might have said about this.
Here is synopsis:
When Oscar Jaffe, a brilliant but eccentric Broadway impresario, boards the 20th Century Limited in Chicago, he makes sure that his compartment adjoins that of the tempestuous movie queen Lily Garland. For the object of his trip is to get Lily's signature on a contract before the train reaches New York. The situation is complicated by the fact that Jaffe's creditors are breathing hot down his neck and a Broadway play with Lily as star can bail him out. In addition, Oscar's interest in Lily was, at one time, more than professional. But now the relationship between the two temperamental artists is something less than cordial.
Adapted by Buckner from the 1932 Hecht-MacArthur play and the 1934 Howard Hawks film with Carole Lombard and John Barrymore. Hecht and MacArthur based their play on one written by Charles Bruce Milholland called Napoleon of Broadway which was inspired by his experience with
producer David Belasco.
First Aired: April 7, 1956
Cast and Crew:
Writer: Robert Buckner
Director: Paul Nickell
Story: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur
Guest Star: Orson Welles (Oscar Jaffe), Betty Grable (Lily Garland), Keenan Wynn (Owen O'Malley), Ray Collins (Oliver Webb), Ralph Dumbke (), Gage Clarke (Matthew Clark), Lance Fuller (), Olive Sturgess (Mrs. Lockwood), Steve Terrell (Grover Lockwood), Benny Rubin (), Paul Siemion (), Philip Van Zandt (), Richard Collier (), Dick Elliott (), Larry J. Blake (), Roy Glenn ()