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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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User Reviews:
Visually stunning, but badly written and acted film noir See more (151 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)
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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)
 
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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:
Near the end of shooting, Orson Welles told Columbia executives that he wanted a complete set repainted on a Saturday for shooting on Monday. Columbia exec Jack Fier told Welles it was impossible, because of union rules and the expense that would be incurred by calling in a crew of painters to work on a weekend. Welles and several friends broke into the paint department that Saturday and repainted the set themselves, and when they were finished they hung a banner on the set that read "The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fier Himself". When the union painters arrived at work on Monday and saw that the set had been repainted by someone else, they refused to work, threw a picket line around the studio and threatened to stay on strike until a union crew was paid triple time for the work that had been done (which was why Fier had refused to authorize the work in the first place). To placate the union, Fier agreed to pay them what they wanted but put the cost on Welles' personal bill. In addition, he had the union painters paint a banner saying "All's Well That Ends Welles".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 In the Wake of the Zaca (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Na Baixa do Sapateiro (Bahia)See more »

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18 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Visually stunning, but badly written and acted film noir, 23 September 2003
Author: Harun Musho'd from London, England

Apparently Welles made this film to help finance a Mercury Theatre production. It shows. It's sloppy.

The film noir plot is complex. Too complex for Welles, it's riddled with holes. The whole thing hinges on O'Hara behaving in ways that only a fool would even consider. Hayworth is stunning but equally idiotic as the femme fatale. However, Everett Sloane and Glenn Anders are good fun as the Hayworth's crippled, hot-shot criminal defence lawyer, husband and his giggling, slimy business partner, although their performances hinge on caricature rather than character.

The trial scene is hilarious, but in ways that were probably not entirely intended by Welles. Sloane is defending Welles on a murder charge, but then both Sloane and Hayworth, Sloane's wife, get called as witnesses for the prosecution without notice. The whole thing is farcical, so farcical indeed that Welles's character decides to scarper. Visually the section that follows is one of the most stunning I have seen.

Finally, Welles's Irish accent was awful. There did not appear to be any reason for it. His character could just as easily have been an American for all the difference it made to the plot.

In all, the whole is one of the most laughable film noirs I have ever seen.

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