'The Magnificent Ambersons' (1942) It was a long spiral down from the fit, confident wunderkind Orson Welles of "Citizen Kane" to the guy doing a voice for "Transformers: The Movie" (the 1986 animated version). But the beginning of the end could be traced to the thorough trashing his "Kane" follow-up received at the hands of the studio. Although Welles was once the toast of Hollywood, RKO took "Ambersons" out of his hands and cut 40 minutes from the film. Welles was never able to reattain his once-vaunted status in Hollywood.
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