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'Citizen Kane' Opens in L.A.!

  May 9, 1941, Nazi Air Losses Set Record  

  May 9, 1941, Citizen Kane  

May 9, 1941: “Citizen Kane” opens at the El Capitan and the RKO Hillstreet.

“Orson Welles strikes out in a dozen new directions with his technique of ‘Citizen Kane.’ Yet what he does can scarcely be called the work of a schooled innovator. It is rather that of the daring and gifted amateur in a new medium….

“It may be concluded that he uses the 'Rosebud' idea as a symbol of the childhood dreams of Kane, which he was forced to forego for the career of wealth mapped out for him. This change in his life resulted in his becoming a sometimes half-mad super-egotist.

“Well, it's an interesting picture, certainly. It has a great deal of art, some of which verges on the arty. It isn't a satisfying picture, however, in actual theme and the fulfillment of this idea,” Edwin Schallert says. 

  May 9. 1941, Citizen Kane  

  May 9, 1941, Citizen Kane  

  May 9, 1941, Citizen Kane  

  May 9, 1941, Citizen kane  

  May 9, 1941, Citizen Kane  

  May 9, 1941, Lee Shippey  

  May 9, 1941, Tom Treanor  

  May 9, 1941, Jimmie Fidler  
  May 9, 1941, Jimmie Fidler  

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Citizen Kane - besides the Alan Ladd trivia, the cinematographer Gregg Toland did a cameo as the reporter on the ship in the newsreel footage and the late fashion and glamour photographer Peter Gowland is in the film somewhere as an extra, though I've never spotted him. And Nat King Cole is the pianist at the El Rancho.


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