I'm just going by the information I have on this, but didn't Orson's movie of Magnificent Ambersons become a flop because the editors cut parts out of it while he was doing his movie "It's All True".
Actually, still according to the books, nearly all of his movies when he completed them, were taken, cut, considered flops, and after he passed away, put back together again, and considered #1 hits. With the acception of Citizen Kane, of course, which already was.
Probably because there was no cutting.
Has anyone seen The Big Brass Ring? I have. If you did, I even wonder, since movies were taken from him and cut up, maybe screen-plays were burned, rewritten and his name posted just for Orson Welles fans, like me to go crazy. That's actually the #1 reason I did watch it.
Why all these questions? Because you guys seem to have all the answers. Or better ones than what the books have to say.