The Lady from Shanghai

1947

Action / Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Mystery / Thriller

47
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 22330

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Cast

Rita Hayworth as Elsa Bannister
Orson Welles as Michael O'Hara
Errol Flynn as Man in Background Outside of Cantina
Everett Sloane as Arthur Bannister
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699.77 MB
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 27 min
P/S 2 / 33

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Brucey D 8 / 10

"..once I'd seen her, I was not in my right mind for quite some time..."

It is popular to either praise this film to the heavens or to dismiss much of it as style over substance, depending on whether you think Welles was a genius or not.

I think you should watch the film and make your own mind up. It seems to me that the end result is a bit of curate's egg, i.e. it is good in parts. Perhaps this is symptomatic of how things were for Welles at the time; his marriage to Hayworth was in the process of disintegration, and his professional life was chaotic; the aims of the studio were very different from Welles, and they had control over the finished item.

His rough cut was shortened by an hour, and a lot of what was left was supplemented with expensive and time-consuming reshoots, and edited to barely resemble the original. The music was also changed, much to Welles' chagrin. The result was that the film was delayed by a year and went over budget; by the time of release, Welles' relationship with both Hollywood and Hayworth were each well and truly over.

The plot is convoluted, confusing, and in some parts nonsensical. Whether it would have been much different in the original cut is open to debate, but I doubt it. It is nearly always interesting to watch; the camerawork, the acting, Hayworth's beauty, the location shooting are all very engaging. By contrast Welles' Irish accent is more than a bit dodgy and the film has clearly suffered in the edit.

This is an interesting film, certainly, but as it stands a brilliant one, probably not. Not as bad as the knockers would make out, but not as good as some reckon, either.

I enjoyed it, but as with most of Orson Welles' films, one is left wondering what might have been, under other circumstances.

Reviewed by Phillim 10 / 10

Excellent yarn . . .

. . . especially effective at showing how an honest, intelligent man will make the stupidest choices when lured by snakes. People say this movie is confusing -- I say look at the simple, personal, ugly-beautiful movie that it is and not what you imagine.

Welles's fake-Irish stands up okay. Hayworth's negative capability never more apparent. Everett Sloane plays the sh*t out of one Cinema's purest evil, of the type who like to own and destroy people, slowly.

Fans always rave about the funhouse mirrors finale, but so many astonishing set pieces to relish -- my fave is the Chinese theater sequence.

And of course, 'Lady from Shanghai' is one in the must-see canon.

Reviewed by Prismark10 7 / 10

It's a bright, guilty world

Like a lot of Orson Welles directed films, The Lady from Shanghai was a victim of studio meddling leaving it rather choppy. Maybe the executives would had been happier if Welles had not used such a strong Irish accent.

Michael O'Hara (Orson Welles) is a tough Irish seaman who saves sultry Elsa Bannister (Rita Hayworth) in New York when she is hassled by some hoodlums and immediately falls for her.

Elsa's husband is a successful and wealthy criminal lawyer, Arthur Bannister (Everett Sloane) who is also disabled and rather bitter. However he gives Michael a job in their yacht as they sail down to Mexico.

Things take a sinister turn when Bannister's partner, George Grisby (Glenn Anders) proposes that Michael kill him for $5000 in a plot to fake his own death. As there would be no body, Michael could not be convicted of murder however it is all a convoluted set up which will end up with Michael being defended by Arthur Bannister even though he had an affair with his wife.

Welles makes sure his then wife Hayworth is beautiful and glamorous. This film noir is rather off beat and strange at times with a climax in a hall of mirrors which has bee copied many times since. Unusually for a film noir there is a lot of location shooting such as San Francisco and Acapulco.

It is still an enjoyable if flawed film, Welles at the time always made interesting films.

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