The Lady From Shanghai (1947)


“Everybody is somebody’s fool.” – Michael O’Hara

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A drifter falls in love with a married women and ends up getting mixed up in a murder conspiracy.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew nothing about beforehand.

Orson Welles is a great writer and director and this film is even further proof of that.

The way that the story plays out is done really well and finds a way to stay intriguing throughout.

The film has a great cast that includes Welles and Rita Hayworth and they have great chemistry together.

They both are also able to give us very powerful performances as these characters.

The plot is filled with lots of twists and turns along the way that help raise the suspense level throughout because there is so much tension from start to finish.

The story remains quite unpredictable the whole way through which helps keep things so enjoyable to watch unfold.

The film has some great courtroom scenes that help keep things so captivating to watch.

The pacing of things is also done really well and this is also helpful in keeping things intriguing to continue to watch the whole way through.

Bottom Line – Intriguing story that plays out really well. The cast is superb with Welles and Hayworth both giving very powerful performances here. The story has some great twists and turns along the way that help raise the suspense level and the unpredictability of it all is fascinating to watch. The courtroom scenes are very compelling and they help make things move along at a great pace. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite 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.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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