But later I saw the restored version in a theater. The film was not just simply restored, but was totally re-edited in accordance with Orson Welles' notes. The original studio release had certain scenes in a different order than what Welles intended. Between seeing the film on a large screen and seeing it the way Welles intended, it came across as a much better made and stronger film -- although Heston's performance still was unconvincing.
I agree Heston as a Mexican takes a bit getting used to.
No doubt about it, Heston was miscast. I read that Heston wanted Welles to direct the film, Orson was only suppose to act in it. If Welles didn't direct, no Heston!
Oh I think the reviewer has been harsh on this film which I watched tonight. Certainly Sonny Tufts is just a bad actor and Percy Helton is his familiar annoying self. However I have to disagree with his comments about Ellen Drew who I found interesting and very watchable as the ex-wife who still desperately wants to be loved.
As to Payne well just as I defend John Hodiak for his performance as the amnesia suffering ex-soldier in the excellent 1946 film Somewhere in the Night, I have to say that Payne gives an above average and convincing performance here. When you're searching for your identity you're not going to be able to express every emotion for things you don't understand and Payne manages to convey it appropriately without coming across as wooden or flat.
However there is no disagreement as to the look of the film which is excellent. There are just so many nice shots: from Payne's initial arrival into LA to his wandering around the streets at night.
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