Lady from Shanghai (1948)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 27 mins

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Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

Cast: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth

Crew: Orson Welles (Director), Joseph Walker (Director of Photography), Rudolph Mate (Director of Photography), Heinz Roemheld (Music Director)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Release Dates: 09 Jun 1948 (India)

Tagline: "Do all rich women play games like this?"

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Did you know? Orson Welles' decision to have Rita Hayworth cut her hair and bleach it had caused a storm of controversy in the industry. Read More
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as Michael O Hara
as Elsa Bannister
as Reporter
as District Attorney Galloway
as Chinese Girl
as Judge
as Bessie
as Arthur Bannister
as George Grisby
as Goldie
as Cab Driver
as Jake Bjornsen
as Policeman
as Reporter
as Ticket Taker


Assistant Director


Executive Producer
Associate Producer


Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Sound Re-recording Mixer


Set Decorator

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator


Stunt Director
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Colour Info:
Black & White
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24 fps
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"Do all rich women play games like this?"
The Story Of A Reckless Woman!
Factual Mistake
When Mrs. Bannister purchases her ticket at the box-office of the Chinese theater, and is addressed by the Japanese greeting "konnichi wa".

Character Error
Elsa had spent time in Shanghai, which has its own dialect, but in Chinatown she switches between Mandarin and Cantonese.

Audio/Video Mismatch
In the Crazy House scene, Mrs. Bannister's lips don't sync with his lines.
Everett Sloane had refused to wear the leg braces constructed for his character, complaining bitterly of the pain they caused.

The Mexico shoot was plagued by a number of problems, and many of them detailed by producer William Castle in his diary.

They had discusses other titles for the movie - "Black Irish" and "If I Die Before I Wake," before they finalized on the title - Lady from Shanghai.

Orson Welles' decision to have Rita Hayworth cut her hair and bleach it had caused a storm of controversy in the industry.

Orson Welles thought of Everett Sloane as primarily a radio actor who didn't move particularly well on film, so he had introduced crutches to the character.

The movie was filmed in 1946, but was not released until 1947.

Orson Welles had originally wanted Barbara Laage for the lead role.