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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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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)
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)
Virginia Van Upp .... story continuity (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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 | Chile:14 | 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:
Orson Welles thought of Everett Sloane as primarily a radio actor who didn't move particularly well on film, so he introduced crutches to the character.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Elsa spent time in Shanghai, which has its own dialect. But in Chinatown she switches between Mandarin and Cantonese.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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)See more »
Soundtrack:
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77 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
Orson's Corrections, 21 February 2006
Author: Narrator_Jack_dot_com from United States

These are excerpts from a nine-page "Memo to Mr. Cohn from Mr. Welles", written after Orson had seen studio mogul Harry Cohn's edited version of the picture (he took an hour out):

"...The preview title music was written by a first rate composer, George Antheil. Although not written for our picture at all, this temporary title music had an atmosphere of darkness and menace combined with something lush and romantic which made it acceptable...The only musical idea which seems to have occurred to this present composer (Heinz Roemheld) is the rather weary one of using a popular song--the "theme"--in as many arrangements as possible. Throughout we have musical references to "Please Don't Kiss Me" for almost every bridge and also for a great deal of the background material. The tune is pleasing, it may do very well on the Hit Parade--but Lady from Shanghai is not a musical comedy...Mr. Roemheld is an ardent devotee of an old-fashioned type of scoring now referred to in our business as "Disney". In other words, if somebody falls down, he makes a "falling down" sound in the orchestra, etc., etc...If the lab had scratched initials and phone numbers all over the negative, I couldn't be unhappier about the results...Just before I left to go abroad, I asked Vi (Viola Lawrence, the editor) to make a cut which would involve dropping the near accident with the taxi-cab and also quite a bit of dialogue. I am convinced that this would have been an excellent cut...saving much needed footage in the slow opening sequence (this was not done, accounting for the main weaknesses of the film's opening reel)...There is nothing in the fact of Rita's diving to warrant a big orchestral crescendo...What does matter is Rita's beauty...the evil overtones suggested by Grigsby's character, and Michael's bewilderment. Any or all of these items might have inspired the music. Instead, the dive is treated as though it were a major climax or some antic moment in a Silly Symphony: a pratfall by Pluto the Pup, or a wild jump into space by Donald Duck...There is no sound atmosphere on the boat. A little wind and water is sorely missed. There's no point in photographing a scene on a real boat if you make it sound as though it all happened in front of a process screen...At the start of the picnic sequence...in the temporary score, we used a very curious, sexy Latin-American strain...This has been replaced with a corny "dramatic" sequel--bad stock stuff...This sort of music destroys that quality of strangeness which is exactly what might have saved Lady from Shanghai from being just another whodunit...There is a big musical outburst after Grigsby's line, "I want you to kill him." This is absurd...The Hawaiian guitar music which comes out of the radio...was supposed to be corny enough to make a certain satirical point. As it stands now, it's on about the same level as the rest of the scoring. Nobody in the audience could possibly suspect that we're kidding...The aquarium scene needs more echo. "Please Don't Kiss Me" is in again!...A bad dubbing job and poor scoring has destroyed the character of Michael's run down the pier. From the gunshot through to the phone call, a careful pattern of voices had been built up with the expenditure of much time and effort. For some reason, this has all been junked in favor of a vague hullabaloo. As a result, the whole sequence seems dull...The audience should feel at this point, along with Michael, that maybe they are going crazy. The new dubbing job can only make them feel that maybe they're going to sleep...The gun battle with the breaking mirrors must not be backed with music...The closing music again makes reference to "Please Don't Kiss Me"...This finale is obvious to the point of vulgarity, and does incalculable injury to the finish of the picture."

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