The Magnificent Ambersons Overview:

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Orson Welles and Fred Fleck and produced by Orson Welles, Jack Moss and George Schaefer.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Booth Tarkington published in 1918.

The Magnificent Ambersons was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.

Academy Awards 1942 --- Ceremony Number 15 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActressAgnes MooreheadNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Albert S. D'Agostino; Interior Decoration: Darrell Silvera, Al FieldsNominated
Best CinematographyStanley CortezNominated
Best PictureMercuryNominated
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1001 Classic Movies: The Magnificent Ambersons

By Amanda Garrett on May 26, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. This Orson-Welles directed drama about a turn-of-the-century Indiana family stars from left: Richard Bennett; Joseph Cotten; Dolores Costello; Don Dillaway; Agnes Moorehead, and Ray Collins. This series will now ap... Read full article


The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

By Carol Martinheira on May 2, 2017 From The Old Hollywood Garden

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) On May 2, 2017May 2, 2017 By CarolIn Uncategorized The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) was one of the many, many movies I saw in the glorious summer of 2007. That was the year I fell in love with classic movies, and that summer I watched a... Read full article


The Magnificent Ambersons

By Amanda Garrett on Dec 5, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing director Orson Welles drama The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), starring (from left) Richard Bennett; Joseph Cotten; Dolores Costello; Don Dillaway; Agnes Moorehead, and Ray Collins. This article is part of The Agnes Moorehead Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic... Read full article


The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)

By Andrew Wickliffe on May 9, 2016 From The Stop Button

Unfortunately, I feel the need to address some of the behind the scenes aspects of The Magnificent Ambersons. Not because I plan on talking about them, but because director Welles’s career is filled with a lack of control. There are always questions–what did editor Robert Wise do on his ... Read full article


The Magnificent Ambersons

By Michael on Jul 23, 2014 From Le Mot du Cinephiliaque

The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942) The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved. The Magnificent Ambersons plays like a nice classical music from a classic composer, it is a story about pride, richness, family... Read full article


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Quotes from

Narrator: Something had happened. A thing which, years ago, had been the eagerest hope of many, many good citizens of the town, and now it had come at last; George Amberson Mainafer had got his comeuppance. He got it three times filled, and running over. But those who had so longed for it were not there to see it, and they never knew it. Those who were still living had forgotten all about it and all about him.


Roger Bronson: [to George] The law's a jealous mistress and a stern mistress.


George: I said, automobiles are a useless nuisance. Never amount to anything but a nuisance. They had no business to be invented.


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The consensus of opinion according to nearly everyone who saw the original conclusion - which included a tour of the decaying Amberson mansion - was that it was much more powerful than the tacked-on "happy" ending.
Ironically, RKO's reshot ending for the film - a much more uplifting affair than the one that Welles had intended - is much closer to the ending in the novel.
Orson Welles suspected that author Booth Tarkington based the lead character George on Welles himself for a variety of reasons: Tarkington was a friend of the Welles family, Welles had a reputation for being a spoiled, difficult child and Welles's full name was George Orson Welles, so he was called George or Georgie while growing up.
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