Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Lady from Shanghai 1947

     Arthur Bannister and his wife Rosalie are looking for an additional crew member for their yacht.  Michael O’Hara decides to sign own even though his true feeling is that he should step back and pass on this job.  The yacht is headed to San Francisco with stops along the way.  Michael and Rosalie form a friendship but this may be dangerous for both of them.  They pick up Bannister’s law partner Grisby at one of the islands.  After they dock in Sausalito, Grisby presents a plan to Michael.  Grisby wants to disappear by faking his own murder.  Michael can receive $5000 if he agrees with the plan.  The money would allow Michael and Rosalie to go off together.
     It’s almost impossible to keep track of what is going on in this film?  It’s better to just follow the scenery and the characters.  Orson Welles is 35 years old and continued acting until 1987 at 72 years old.  Rita Hayworth is 3 years younger at 32 years old and she continued to act until 1972.  Welles and Hayworth were married during filming.  Rita was his second wife and they were together from 9/7/43 to 12/1/48.  2* (I didn’t like this movie)

87 min, Crime directed by Orson Welles with Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia, Erskine Sanford, Gus Schilling, Carl Frank, Louis Merrill, Evelyn Ellis, Harry Shannon.

Note:  Imdb 7.7 out of 10, 86% critic 85% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.3* out of 5* with 171 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in San Francisco, Sausalito, Morro Bay, Los Angeles, California; New York and Acapulco, Mexico.  Columbia Pictures President Harry Cohn found the plot so incomprehensible he offered $1000 to anyone who could explain it to him?  He wanted to add new footage to straighten out the plot but it was too expensive.

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