MR. ARKADIN. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, . Octavo, boards. First U.S. edition. A novel based on Welles' screenplay "Mr. Arkadin" (a.k.a. "Confidential Report"). "'Mr. Arkadin" (first released Spain, 1955) was written and directed by Orson Welles. The source for the story is from the radio drama "The Lives of Harry Lime" in which Welles portrays his character from "The Third Man." In the radio drama Harry Lime is hired to investigate the mysterious international criminal Mr. Arkadin. The film was not completed by Welles and several different edits and releases were made with various run times (as many as seven). The film has a restored version from 2006 with additional footage. Jonathan Baxter in a new foreword to the book states the novel was ghost written from Welles' screenplay by Maurice Bessy, and this is verified by recently discovered correspondence between Welles and his producer for the film Louis Dolivet. A fine copy in near fine dust jacket with some mild rubbing to edges and mild age-darkening to spine panel and edges of rear panel. (#127292).