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The Lady from Shanghai -- Rita Hayworth is the ultimate femme fatale who lures Irish seaman Orson Welles into a tangled web of lies, deceit and murder. A one-of-a-kind film noir thriller, written & directed by Welles.

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Writers:
Sherwood King (novel)
Orson Welles (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 June 1948 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
One who keeps his nature keeps his original nature in the end. See more »
Plot:
Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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NewsDesk:
(54 articles)
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 (From Variety - Film News. 5 August 2015, 9:57 AM, PDT)

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 (From ScreenDaily. 18 May 2015, 10:00 PM, PDT)

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Orson Welles takes on a pulp-noir novel and, at the least, makes it his own See more (162 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rita Hayworth ... Elsa Bannister

Orson Welles ... Michael O'Hara

Everett Sloane ... Arthur Bannister
Glenn Anders ... George Grisby

Ted de Corsia ... Sidney Broome (as Ted De Corsia)
Erskine Sanford ... Judge
Gus Schilling ... Goldie

Carl Frank ... District Attorney Galloway
Louis Merrill ... Jake Bjornsen
Evelyn Ellis ... Bessie
Harry Shannon ... Cab Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Alland ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Schoolteacher at Aquarium / Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Wong Artarne ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Guard (uncredited)
Steve Benton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Vernon Cansino ... Man (uncredited)
Doris Chan ... Chinese Girl (uncredited)
George Chirello ... Man (uncredited)
Wong Chung ... Li (uncredited)
Eddie Coke ... Policeman (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Peter Cusanelli ... Bartender (uncredited)
Al Eben ... Policeman (uncredited)
Edythe Elliott ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Heenan Elliott ... Guard (uncredited)
John Elliott ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Man in Courthouse (uncredited)

Errol Flynn ... Man in Background Outside of Cantina (uncredited)
Joseph Granby ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Robert Gray ... Reporter (uncredited)

Alvin Hammer ... Reporter (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Spectator in courtroom (uncredited)
Maynard Holmes ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Byron Kane ... Reporter (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Policeman (uncredited)
Preston Lee ... Chinese Man (uncredited)
Grace Lem ... Chinese Woman (uncredited)
Billy Louie ... Chinese Girl (uncredited)
Charles Meakin ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Port Steward / Officer Peters (uncredited)
Sam Nelson ... Captain of Yacht Circe (uncredited)
Mary Newton ... Reporter (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Guard (uncredited)
Gerald Pierce ... Waiter (uncredited)
Joe Recht ... Garage Attendant (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ... Woman (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Policeman (uncredited)
Norman Thomson ... Policeman (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Policeman / Thug (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Old Woman (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Big Coke Drinker with Vest (uncredited)
Richard Wilson ... Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
Jean Wong ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)

Directed by
Orson Welles (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Sherwood King (novel "If I Die Before I Wake")

Orson Welles (screenplay)

William Castle  uncredited
Charles Lederer  uncredited
Fletcher Markle  uncredited

Produced by
William Castle .... associate producer
Orson Welles .... producer
Richard Wilson .... associate producer
Harry Cohn .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr. 
Rudolph Maté (uncredited)
Joseph Walker (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence 
 
Art Direction by
Sturges Carne 
Stephen Goosson  (as Stephen Goossón)
 
Set Decoration by
Wilbur Menefee 
Herman N. Schoenbrun  (as Herman Schoenbrun)
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
William Castle .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald Ray Cory .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Edward Cronenweth .... still photographer (uncredited)
Irving Klein .... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard H. Kline .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Don Murphy .... grip (uncredited)
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dorothy B. Cormack .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Errol Flynn .... technical advisor: yacht scenes (uncredited)
Mary D. Mascari .... cast section (uncredited)
Virginia Van Upp .... story continuity (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
87 min | UK:92 min (original release) | West Germany:81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (f: fr,16) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) (1948) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #12111)

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Trivia:
When Glenn Anders arrived on the set his first day, Orson Welles immediately ordered him to lie down on a stretcher under a sheet and play dead. The actor did as instructed and while he lay there, he said, a studio rep handed him a pen and a contract to sign. At that point, Anders claimed, he still knew nothing about the film or the part he was playing. Over the course of shooting, Anders became so upset about Welles's bullying, the crew dubbed him "Glenn Anguish."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Rita dives off the cliffs. However, in the following scene as she boards the boat her hair is dry.See more »
Quotes:
Michael O'Hara:[First lines] When I start out to make a fool of myself, there's very little can stop me. If I'd known where it would end, I'd never let anything start... if I'd been in my right mind, that is. But once I'd seen her, I was not in my right mind for some time.See more »
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Orson Welles takes on a pulp-noir novel and, at the least, makes it his own, 12 January 2004
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

As I watched one of Orson Welles' last contributions to Hollywood as a filmmaker, I knew I was watching a great movie unfold, though at times I did not know why. The story in The Lady from Shanghai has the prime elements of a film-noir: average-Joe lead, femme fatale, conspicuous supporting characters, and a comprehensible if somewhat convoluted plot structure. It is an entertaining ride, and it's filled to the brim with Welles' unique gifts as a director, but there are scenes that tend to just not work, or don't feel complete in what was Welles' full vision (the latter is unfortunately too true- executive producer Harry Cohn and the Columbia execs are to blame for that).

Welles co-stars with his then wife, the profoundly gorgeous Rita Hayworth, as Mike O'Hara, an Irish worker who can and does get angry at the right people. Hayworth is Mrs. Bannister, married to Mr. Bannister (Everett Sloane, who played Mr. Bernstein in Citizen Kane), who is accompanied by a friend Mr. Grisby (Glenn Anders, who has great control in his eyes). They want to go sailing on their yacht and take O'Hara along for the ride, and at first he's reluctant, but agrees since he's falling for the married Mrs. As their journey unfolds, O'Hara finds that Bannister and Grisby are not pleasant to be around, and more so with Grisby, who at first seems out of his gourd. Yet as the plot unfolds, O'Hara is drawn into a scam that Grisby is planning for insurance money, with results that I dare not reveal (although they have been discussed over and over by others).

Whatever liabilities pop up here and there in the mystery part of the story (and those few noticeable moments where shots were studio dictated), the performances and the look of the film are what remains striking after over fifty-five years. Though he doesn't have the terrific Greg Tolland (Kane's DP) at his side, dependable Charles Lawton Jr. assists Welles in creating an atmosphere that is both elegant and stark, covered in shadows, deep focus, low angles, the works. A particular accomplishment is the fun-house mirror scene, which is merely a highlight among others. Welles himself is always dependable as an actor- even if his accent isn't anything special- and Hayworth herself makes a scene a little more lush, despite her path in the story.

The Lady from Shanghai is worth checking out, especially for Welles, Hayworth, or film-noir buffs (fans of the Coen brothers might find this fascinating as well). It may just take a little while, repeat viewings (as was for Touch of Evil), for the underlying motives in the plot to sink in.

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