This is the 50th anniversary of Joseph Heller's masterpiece, CATCH 22, first published in 1961. Orson Welles loved the book and said it would make "the movie of the century". Alas, it didn't; the 1970 film version, directed by Mike Nichols, was a disappointment, despite having a stunning cast. Welles did have a role in that film, as General Dreedle, with Austin Pendleton (later to write ORSON'S SHADOW) is his bumbling son. It has it's moments, but can't hold a candle to Heller's novel, one of the great American anti-war novels of all time. One can't help but wonder what a Welles-directed CATCH 22 would have been like if he'd been given the chance. It might have become what he said it could.