Orson Welles Quote

He [Welles] was an onlooker at the clumsy, poignant suicide of "The Man on the Ledge," which took place in New York in 1938, when a boy perched for fourteen hours on a window-sill of the Gotham Hotel before plunging into the street. "I stood in the crowd outside for a long time," Welles says pensively, "and wanted to make a film of it all. But they tell me that in the Hollywood version of the film they gave the boy a reason for what he did. That's crazy. It's the crowd that needs explaining."


Kenneth Tynan, "Orson Welles," from Persona Grata (1953); later printed in Profiles (1990) [ISBN 0-06-096557-6], page 66.

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He [Welles] was an onlooker at the clumsy, poignant suicide of The Man on the Ledge, which took place in New York in 1938, when a boy perched for...

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He [Welles] was an onlooker at the clumsy, poignant suicide of The Man on the Ledge, which took place in New York in 1938, when a boy perched for...

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He [Welles] was an onlooker at the clumsy, poignant suicide of The Man on the Ledge, which took place in New York in 1938, when a boy perched for...

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He [Welles] was an onlooker at the clumsy, poignant suicide of The Man on the Ledge, which took place in New York in 1938, when a boy perched for...