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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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(53 articles)
User Reviews:
This Is One Wild-And-Crazy Film Noir! See more (160 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)
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)
 
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 | Brazil:12 | 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:
In the aquarium scene, the tanks were shot separately, enlarged, and matted in to make the sea creatures appear more monstrous and looming closer to the actors.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the Crazy House, Mrs. Bannister's lips do not match the line "we could have gone off together."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:
Referenced in "Life on Mars: Episode #1.7" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Amado MioSee more »

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55 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
This Is One Wild-And-Crazy Film Noir!, 13 October 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Of all the film noirs of the 1940s and 1950s, this has to rank as one of the strangest, and most fun to watch. I say that because of the four main actors: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane and Glenn Anders.

The first two names are familiar to everyone but it was the last two that made this movie so entertaining to me, especially Anders. His character, "George Grisby," is one of the strangest people I've ever seen on film. His voice, and some of the things he said, have to be heard to be believed. Slaone isn't far behind in the "strange" category. Hayworth is not as glamorous with short, blonde hair but still is Hayworth, which means a lot to ogle if you are a guy. Welles' is as fascinating as always. One tip: if you have the DVD, turn on the English subtitles. His character in this movie is an Irishman and you need the subtitles to understand everything he says.

Welles also directed the film which means you have great camera angles and wonderful facial closeups. You also have a unique ending, visually, with a shootout in a house of mirrors. Great stuff! As bizarre as this film is, I still thought the buffoon-like carnival atmosphere at the trial near the end was too much and took away from the seriousness of the scene. Other than that, no complaints.

This is great entertainment, which is the name of the game.

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