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The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 24 December 1947 (France)
Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

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(story based on a novel by), (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Elsa Bannister
... Michael O'Hara
... Arthur Bannister
... George Grisby
... Sidney Broome (as Ted De Corsia)
... Judge
Gus Schilling ... Goldie
... District Attorney Galloway
Louis Merrill ... Jake Bjornsen
Evelyn Ellis ... Bessie
... Cab Driver
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Storyline

Michael O'Hara, against his better judgement, hires on as a crew member of Arthur Bannister's yacht, sailing to San Francisco. They pick up Grisby, Bannister's law partner, en route. Bannister has a wife, Rosalie, who seems to like Michael much better than she likes her husband. After they dock in Sausalito, Michael goes along with Grisby's weird plan to fake his (Grisby's) murder so he can disappear untailed. He wants the $5000 Grisby has offered, so he can run off with Rosalie. But Grisby turns up actually murdered, and Michael gets blamed for it. Somebody set him up, but it is not clear who or how. Bannister (the actual murderer?) defends Michael in court. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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You'll forget there ever was a woman like Gilda...when you meet the Lady From Shanghai! See more »


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Release Date:

24 December 1947 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,927, 30 August 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,927, 30 August 1998
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Orson Welles originally wanted Barbara Laage for the lead. See more »

Goofs

Rita dives off the cliffs. However, in the following scene as she boards the boat her hair is dry. See more »

Quotes

'Goldie' Goldfish: Mike's got a lot of blarney but he knows how to hurt a man when he gets mad.
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Opening credits shown over a water background. See more »

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Referenced in Julie and Jack (2003) See more »

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Amado Mio
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Written by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
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Highly underrated exercise in style
27 October 1998 | by See all my reviews

Orson Welles' "The Lady From Shanghai" does not have the brilliant screenplay of "Citizen Kane," e.g., but Charles Lawton, Jr.'s cinematography, the unforgettable set pieces (such as the scene in the aquarium, the seagoing scene featuring a stunning, blonde-tressed Rita Hayworth singing "Please Don't Love Me," and the truly amazing Hall of Mirrors climax), and the wonderful cast (Everett Sloane in his greatest performance, Welles in a beautifully under-played role, the afore-mentioned Miss Hayworth--Welles' wife at the time--at her most gorgeous) make for a very memorable filmgoing experience. The bizarre murder mystery plot is fun and compelling, not inscrutable at all. The viewer is surprised by the twists and turns, and Welles' closing line is an unheralded classic. "The Lady From Shanghai" gets four stars from this impartial arbiter.


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