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The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

US 87m, B&W
Director: Orson Welles; Cast: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia

Lady ShangaiThe Lady from Shanghai is a visually brilliant film noir shot largely on location, but re-edited and cut by about an hour from its original length after studio chief Harry Cohn was unsatisfied with the director’s cut. Though the original footage is lost, what remains is the intriguing and often surreal story of a sailor who becomes implicated in a murder that he did not commit, yet confesses to. Best remembered for its expressionist-styled set design and cinematography, The Lady from Shanghai is also filled with unusual characters and memorable performances, including Rita Hayworth as a blonde femme fatale (Klaus Ming April 2014).

2 comments on “The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    04/19/2014

    Everett Sloane was great, too. Welles, himself, maybe not quite as much. Overall, not great Welles (IMHO, and remember that I’m a Welles fanatic and I don’t think he ever made a bad movie), but well worth seeing.

    Trivia: Welles said later that he gave Sloane’s character those canes because Sloane was a radio actor (a great one), but he had a terrible walk, which Welles had to disguise. Quite possibly true, since in Kane Sloane is almost always sitting down.

    • Klaus
      04/19/2014

      Agreed, Welles’ performance was a bit inconsistent, but still a very enjoyable movie. The characters are so interestingly eccentric.

      Such a shame that the film was cut.

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