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The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Oct 3, 2000

Budget USD 2,000,000

Running Time
1 hour, 27 minutes

Country USA

Studio Columbia Pictures

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Other Titles
• The Lady from Shanghai
• Black Irish (1947)
• The Girl from Shanghai (1947)
• Take This Woman (1947)
• Die Lady von Shanghai (1950)



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Genre: Mystery, Film-Noir, Drama, Murder, Suspense, Femme Fatale, Racy, Love, Infidelity, Detectives, Scams And Cons

Tagline: "I told you... you know nothing about wickedness"

Plot: THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, an atmospheric film noir based on Sherwood King's novel IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE, features Orson Welles as producer, director, co-screenwriter, and star. Welles plays rogue seaman Michael O'Hara, complete with Irish brogue. After saving beautiful Elsa Bannister (Rita Hayworth) from thieves in Central Park, O'Hara is requested to serve on the yacht owned by Elsa's husband, Arthur (Welles veteran Everett Sloane), an older man who needs special crutches in order to walk. A fiery passion lurks underneath the relationship between Michael and Elsa; in actuality, the marriage between Welles and Hayworth was ending at the time the film was shot. Enter George Grisby (the eerie-sounding Glenn Anders), one of Bannister's associates and a man with a very special offer for O'Hara, luring him into a web of lies and murder.

Although Welles claimed he made THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI just to finance other projects and the film does not show off his typical Wellesian flair, it still plays like a classic noir that draws the viewer in and never lets go. The characters are complex and fascinating, and the tension runs high and hot as the truth behind all the lies starts to come out. The film is most famous for its thrilling climax, which takes place in a hall of mirrors. Welles

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 Directed by
Orson Welles
The Trial, Citizen Kane, The Third Man
 Written by
Orson Welles
Monsieur Verdoux, The Big Brass Ring, The Magnificent Ambersons
Sherwood King
The Lady from Shanghai
 Cast
Rita Hayworth
Gilda, Only Angels Have Wings, Separate Tables
Orson Welles
Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Touch of Evil
Everett Sloane
Citizen Kane, Lust for Life, Somebody Up There Likes Me
Glenn Anders
Keeper of the Flame
Ted de Corsia
The Killing, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, A Place in the Sun
Erskine Sanford
Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Letter from an Unknown Woman
Gus Schilling
Citizen Kane, Macbeth, On Dangerous Ground
[more]
 Music By
Heinz Roemheld
Gone with the Wind, All Quiet on the Western Front, Kingukongu tai Gojira



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