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The Lady from Shanghai [1947 film]

by Orson Welles (Producer/Director/Screenwriter), William Castle (Producer), Harry Cohn (Producer), Sherwood King (Novel), Charles Lawton, Jr. (Director of Photography)2 more, Fletcher Markle (Screenwriter), Richard Wilson (Producer)

Other authors: Glen Anders (Actor), Ted De Corsia (Actor), Evelyn Ellis (Actor), Carl Frank (Actor), Rita Hayworth (Actor)5 more, Louis Merrill (Actor), Erskine Sanford (Actor), Gus Schilling (Actor), Harry Shannon (Actor), Everett Sloane (Actor)

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A seaman becomes involved in the murderous intrigue of a crippled lawyer and his homicidal, frustrated wife. Culminates in a shoot-up in a hall of mirrors.
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Orson Welles' ornate, twisting noir is a superb exercise in cinematic style. The plot has Michael O'Hara (Wells) being seduced into the ambit of the beautiful Elsa Bannister (Rita Hayworth), her crippled hot-shot lawyer husband Arthur (Everett Sloane) and his law partner, the scheming George Grisby (Glenn Anders). Grisby plans on staging his own disappearance with the help of Michael, but things go murderously wrong. The script has all the dark meanderings and tortured twists that you would expect from a film noir and the leading cast is uniformly first rate. It is Welles' stylish direction and brilliant set pieces (allied to Charles Lawton, Jr.'s magnificent photography) that set this film apart. Each individual scene is expertly composed and choreographed and they lead incrementally to a stunning German Expressionistic-heavy climactic scene in a hall of mirrors. A stunning climax to a first rate noir thriller. ( )
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Welles, OrsonProducer/Director/Screenwriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Castle, WilliamProducermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Cohn, HarryProducermain authorall editionsconfirmed
King, SherwoodNovelmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawton, Charles, Jr.Director of Photographymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Markle, FletcherScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, RichardProducermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Anders, GlenActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
De Corsia, TedActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellis, EvelynActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frank, CarlActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hayworth, RitaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Merrill, LouisActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sanford, ErskineActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schilling, GusActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shannon, HarryActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sloane, EverettActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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