welles at 70. feeling old, but in high spirits. just did merv. did his magic tricks. got loads of applause. after show goes out to dinner with that guy mteal mentions. they talk, drink, eat, welles entertains as he usually does.
Welles is driven home.
once in his house he gets out of black suit and cape, puts on a robe, goes to his room to finish finish typing screenplay for KING LEAR, which was going to be directed by welles at the university.
While typing king lear the phone rings. The voice on the other end tells him that weasle jaglom isn't really a friend, jaglom has been secretly taping their conversations. welles is a man who has experience betrayal of friendship since his very early years in radio. he flies into a rage and hangs up the phone.
it's 2:45 AM, welles calls jaglom, he's angry, confronts jaglom with what he has just been told. jaglom admits it. Welles tells jaglom, "i treated you like a son, and you plunged the dagger into my heart! Et tu, Brute!" he hangs up the phone, has the heart attack.
it's jaglom's fault. had jaglom not taped those conversations, we might have a welles directed KING LEAR today. instead we had a few less years of welles, we have no KING LEAR, no JAGLOM & WELLES TAPES, but we have jaglom putting out these horrible movies.
any one see that jaglom documentary where he's sitting like a sap beside a tape player, misty eyed and happy listening to welles and him?