Citizen Kane is a 1941 American mystery drama film by Orson Welles, its producer, co-screenwriter, Joseph Cotten as Jedediah Leland, Kane’s best friend and a reporter for The Inquirer. Cotten also appears (hidden in darkness) in the News on the March screening room.
Kane (Orson Welles) Jed Leland (Joseph Cotten) Jed Leland’s Timeline; Thompson (William Alland) Susan Alexander Kane (Dorothy Comingore) Thatcher (George Coulouris) Bernstein (Everett Sloane) Gettys (Ray Collins) Emily Monroe Norton Kane (Ruth Warrick) Mary Kane (Agnes Moorehead)
Joseph Cotten (I) (1905–1994) Actor | Soundtrack | Writer. Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Jr. was born in Petersburg, Virginia, into a well-to-do Southern family. He was the eldest of three sons born to Sally Whitworth (Willson) and Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Sr., an assistant postmaster.
A group of reporters are trying to decipher the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: “Rosebud”. The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane’s life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane’s life.
Overview. While Citizen Kane was a film full of distinguished debuts — along with Welles, it was the first feature for Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, Agnes Moorehead, and Ruth Warrick — the only Academy Award it received was for Best Original Screenplay, for which Welles shared credit with veteran screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz.
CITIZEN KANE is one of those films that often makes critics’ top ten lists of the greatest films ever made, and has built quite a reputation as such over the 70+ years since it was released. It’s also one of those films that people might be familiar with, but may not have seen.
Police identified and killed two suspects, identified as Jerry Kane, Jr., and his son, Joseph Kane. The two were later identified as members of the sovereign citizen movement. Footage of the shooting and ensuing shootout with police was shown in a season 5 episode of World’s Wildest Police Videos .
Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore: Supporting actors Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins “Citizen Kane” is a great period piece but at times unnecessarily melodramatic with a lot of moralizing speeches by various characters and a bit too self-conscious.