Joseph McBride’s books include Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success, Orson Welles, and Hawks on Hawks. His biography Searching for John Ford will be published in December. He writes a regular column on film for Irish America magazine. (July 1999)

The Joys of Necrophilia

When the British expatriate filmmaker James Whale was found dead in his swimming pool on Amalfi Drive in the posh Pacific Palisades on May 29, 1957, the world paid only passing attention. In Hollywood terms, the director of the stylish horror films Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man …

The Lost Kingdom of Orson Welles

“A certain great and powerful king once asked a poet, ‘What can I give you of all that I have?’ He wisely replied, ‘Anything, sir…except your secret.”‘ —Orson Welles, epigraph to Mr. Arkadin One of Orson Welles’s best stories, though not one of his best films, Mr. Arkadin (1955) …