Chesterton's wonderfully cryptic novel, a tale of anarchists and infiltrators, is a mystery in almost every sense of the word. Although Welles cut most of the novel's metaphysical elements, even this hour-long, pared down version poses as many questions as it answers, and the rather curious ending is entirely in keeping with the rattling anarchy which precedes it.
The quote from the small girl which forms part of Welles's introduction is "It must be wonderful to be famous", unfortunately the quote is cut from the most complete recording available. As with all of these recordings if anyone knows of, or has access to a better quality recording, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
"The book ... was not intended to describe the real world as it was, or as I thought it was, even when my thoughts were considerably less settled than they are now. It was intended to describe the world of wild doubt and despair which the pessimists were generally describing at that date; with just a gleam of hope in some double meaning of the doubt, which even the pessimists felt in some fitful fashion" G. K. Chesterton, 1972.
Orson Welles, Eustace Wyatt, Edgar Barrier, Joseph Cotten, George Coulouris, Ray Collins, Paul Stewart, Erskine Sanford, Anna Stafford, Alan Devitt, and announcer Dan Seymour.