Good work, Mike!
I remember nothing about Welles' proposed script, OPERATION CENDRILLON. [I wonder if anyone else does.] From what little I can gather, the picture sounds a little like Peter Sellers' AFTER THE FOX, a picture I liked a lot, which had Sellers as an over-the-top movie director, and featured Welles' old rival for Rita Hayworth's warmth, Victor Mature, as an over-the-hill Hollywood star making a film with Claudia Cardinale (the Latina bombshell of her time -- a Tunisian, actually) at an Italian down-on-its-luck seaside resort. Very funny!
I should have marked, too, Representative John Rankin of Mississippi as a possible avatar for Franz Kindler. Not all Southerners were nativist fascists, naturally, but Representative Rankin, who became the Chairman of the House Un-American Affairs Committee just after the War, fit the bill. Welles, through his alliance with Henry Wallace's Progressive Wing of the Democratic Party, would have been familiar with Rankin's agenda. He called the KKK, "an old American Institution," found Communists everywhere, especially among the Progressives, and regularly referred to African-Americans and Jews in the most derogatory of terms, even on the Floor of the House.
Drawing a blank, too, on Edgar Ansel Mowrer; that's three strikes and out, even for a Giants' fan. But the man's book titles and work for the Chicago Daily News would suggest Welles' attraction to Mowrer's analysis. GERMANY PUTS THE CLOCK BACK (1933) reminds me, as it may have Welles, fifteen years later, of his epigraph for MACBETH: "The charm's wound up." Huston and Welles could certainly see how our political climate was beginning to change.
I have personal reason to fear their warnings of Fascism coming to America.
Your report, Mike, reminds me afresh of Welles' prescient relevance, as news comes that my Alma Mater, Kent State University, having apparently learned nothing from 40 years of denial about the shootings of May 4, 1970, has begun to "crack down" on anti-war protests by expelling an Afghanistan War Veteran for attempting to organize his fellow G.I. Bill students against the continuation of that conflict.
"The Kent Truth Tribunal" hearings, convened by Laurel Krause, a younger sister of one of the eleven killed and wounded (mostly innocent) students at the time, and Emily Kunstler (daughter of the famous Civil Rights attorney), has just completed, a three-city video record (Kent, San Francisco, New York), taking over a hundred hours of testimony on the atrocity. The most startling revelation, just two weeks ago, is that audio analysis of a random student reel-to-reel tape (shades of TOUCH OF EVIL!) supports a contention that, 70 seconds before the fatal Ohio National Guard volley, a .38 revolver is heard firing four times. A police informant/FBI stringer is known to have been carrying such a pistol, though despite conflicting accounts, the official story has always been that the pistol was never fired. [And that we should, "move on."] The individual in question was given protection, later turned up as an FBI drug agent in Washington D.C, made a lot of money suddenly, and served time in California prisons before disappearing in the oblivion of the Carolinas.
Then, fellow Clevelander and KSU Grad (also former car thief), California Representative Darrell Issa, CPAC/BigGovernment Star, surveillance millionaire ["Viper"] -- a contentious, contradictory figure, at the very least -- is poised to become Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, should the Republicans take over in November. He promises to launch investigations of "traitorous activities in the Obama Administration." As I wrote to an old Kent friend, a professor at Kent in 1970, "This is where we came into the movie."
But of course, the "corporatists" want to roll atomic dice in their revised script.
I wonder what Orson Welles would have thought of it all?