A Passenger to Bali is something of an anomaly in the Mercury Theatre's work, a little-known novel by a film and television writer, now long out of print. Welles was pre-occupied with his doomed theatrical production of Danton's Death, as well as satisfying his vast hedonistic appetites, and it is remarkable he found time to attend the recording at all.
Regrettably this recording is far from perfect, especially the opening which at times is difficult to listen to. A shame as the story itself is an intriguing one - a passenger makes his way onto a ship, and it slowly becomes clear that there is something extremely sinister about the man and his motives.
Little seems to be remembered about Ellis St. Joseph and this novel, and the price of a rare copy was more than I was willing to pay to discover more. The book did inspire an episode of Studio One in Hollywood, itself a production of CBS (perhaps they had bought the rights). Joseph continued his career in film and television writing for, amongst others, the legendary 1960s series of Batman.
Orson Welles (Reverend Dr. Ralph Wilkes), Everett Sloane, Stefan Schnabel, Guy Spaull.