San Francisco physician Archie Bollen is divorcing, sorting out new relationships with his ex, her new man, his sons, and friends who knew him as part of a couple. At a charity event, Petulia Danner, a young and lovely socialite, throws herself at him, telling him they should find a hotel room and soon announcing she intends to marry him. She’s quixotic, vulnerable, and not easy to dissuade. She’s also married and faces demons of her own. Bollen returns to his apartment one afternoon and finds her unconscious, savagely beaten, most certainly by her husband. How Archie and Petulia respond to the husband’s abuse are the film’s conclusion.
This film was not intended to stand by itself, but was designed as the cinematic aspect of Welles’ Mercury Theatre stage presentation of William Gillette’s 1894 comedy about a New York playboy who flees from the violent husband of his mistress and borrows the identity of a plantation owner in Cuba who is expecting the arrival of a mail order bride.
On a delayed honeymoon, Ray and Polly Cutler (Showalter and Peters) arrive at their Niagara Falls cottage for some romance and relaxation. However, when they arrive they find out that their reserved cabin is occupied by another couple, George and Rose Loomis (Cotten and Monroe). They politely offer to take another cabin, but the two couples become unavoidably tangled as time goes on.
An alcoholic escaped convict (Van Johnson) asks his Arizona lawyer brother (Joseph Cotten) to help him cross the Mexican border.
Orson Wells was 26 when he made his first feature film Citizen Kane. The film became known as one of the greatest of all time and earned him international celebrity. The story is about the publishing business and how one thrill-seeker’s struggle for power negatively affected everybody he came in contact with and eventually lead to a merciless war.