The Fountain of Youth (film)

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The Fountain of Youth
Directed by Orson Welles
Produced by Desi Arnaz
Written by John Collier
Orson Welles
Starring Dan Tobin
Rick Jason
Joi Lansing
Narrated by Orson Welles
Cinematography Sidney Hickox
Edited by Bud Molin
Release date(s)
  • September 16, 1958 (1958-09-16)
Running time 27 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Fountain of Youth is a 1956 TV pilot for a proposed Desilu TV series (with a tentative title, The Orson Welles Show) which was never produced, and was subsequently televised once, on September 16, 1958 for NBC's Colgate Theatre. The short film was directed by Orson Welles,[1] based on the short story "Youth from Vienna" by John Collier, and stars Joi Lansing and Rick Jason as a couple faced with an unavoidable temptation concocted by a scientist (Dan Tobin). Welles himself is also much in evidence as onscreen narrator. The show won the prestigious Peabody Award in 1958 after its single broadcast.

Welles used an extremely innovative process of stills and live action not seen on film before or since. Leading man Rick Jason devoted a chapter called "Orson Welles and Feet of Clay" in his online autobiography, Scrapbooks of My Mind,[2] to the making of the film, carefully detailing the unique approaches Welles employed to arrive at the film's striking result.

The show remains available for viewing at the Paley Center for Media in New York City and Los Angeles.


In order of onscreen credits:

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  1. ^ Holden, Stephen. "New York Times: The Fountain of Youth". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  2. ^ "Orson Welles and Feet of Clay". Scrapbooks of My Mind. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 

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