RKO 281 script
RKO 281 (1999)
Synopsis: RKO 281 is a 1999 American historical drama film directed by Benjamin Ross and starring Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, Melanie Griffith, John Malkovich, Roy Scheider and Liam Cunningham. The film depicts the troubled production behind the 1941 film Citizen Kane. The film's title is a reference to the original production number of Citizen Kane.

NEWSREEL VOICE:

With Lament Cranston in one pocket and his own

radio show. The Mercury Theater of the Air, our Boy

Wonder filled the night with his resounding tones.

And on October 30th of 1938, he became what he felt

destined to be:
a household name.

What started out as a roguish Halloween prank became the most famous

radio show in the history of the galaxy!

Images of the WAR OF THE WORLDS broadcast and panic: listeners huddling

next to their radios; telephone switchboards lighting up; New Jersey

State Motorcycle Troopers zooming down rural roads; cars clogging the

highways. As we hear:

NEWSREEL VOICE:

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS sent this nation spinning

into a frenzy. Nine million listeners clasped their

loved ones close and looked to the skies with

horror. Unlucky listeners near the epicenter of the

"invasion" -- rural New Jersey -- ran screaming into

the night, sure a monstrous alien and a fiery death

awaited them around every corner! The mischievous

Boy Wonder had fooled us all!

Newsreel footage of a packed press conference with Welles the day

following the broadcast:

WELLES:

(contritely)

Of course ... of course ... if I had known the

panic the broadcast was causing -- well I would have

stopped! I never meant for any of this to happen and

I feel just horrible!

Quick newsreel clips of Welles leaving the press conference with

Houseman. We see them slip into a taxi. Inside the taxi we can just

glimpse Welles exploding with laughter.

NEWSREEL VOICE:

How long, oh how long could it possibly be before

the sunny land of dreams tried to harness the

combustible power of this showman, this impresario,

this best of all possible Boy Wonders?!

Images of Welles posing and shaking hands with GEORGE

SCHAEFER:

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John Logan

John David Logan (born September 24, 1961) is an American playwright, screenwriter, film producer, and television producer. more…

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