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The Lady from Shanghai

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical release: May 1948. Rita Hayworth was sick for much of the filming, causing many delays. Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles were separated at the time of the filming; they divorced shortly after shooting was completed. Much of the early filming was shot on location (beginning in Acapulco in October 1946), but the producers insisted on moving much of the shooting into the studio, a decision that Welles hated. Shooting wrapped in spring 1947. The role played by Rita Hayworth was written originally for Barbara Laage. The beautiful long red hair Rita Hayworth had in GILDA was cut short and dyed platinum blonde for LADY FROM SHANGHAI. Welles painted the crazy house (used in the climactic scene) himself over the course of one week. Working titles for the film included BLACK IRISH and TAKE THIS WOMAN. The yacht in the film (the Circe) belonged to Errol Flynn, and Flynn was on board during the Acapulco shoot. The actual name of the yacht was the Zaca. The original director's cut was 155 minutes but was sliced to a final 86 by the producers. Estimated budget: $2 million. Columbia head Harry Cohn was so baffled by Welles's work that he announced, "I'll give a thousand dollars to anyone who can explain the story to me." Harry Cohn demanded that Rita Hayworth perform a musical number in the picture, since her biggest hit, GILDA, featured her performing "Put the Blame on Mame." The voice was actually dubbed in by Anita Ellis. Against Welles's wishes, a scene in which Hayworth performs "Please Don't Kiss Me" (again with the voice of Ellis) was added to the film, and the music from the song was used throughout the film. Ellis also dubbed in her singing for Hayworth's in DOWN TO EARTH and THE LOVES OF CARMEN. Welles hated the final soundtrack that the producers added to the film, claiming that it took all the suspense and mood away from his work.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 04859

  • Credits
    Orson Welles, George Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Margarita Carmen Cansino, Rita Cansino, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted De Corsia, Ted DeCorsia, Erskine Sanford, Gus Schilling, Harry Shannon
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A lot of fun....Welles' usual technical invention is everywhere..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...A noirish murder mystery that'll push the pin all the way to the right on your bizarro meter..."
    USA Today

    "...[With] some fascinating visual set-pieces....They're up there with the darkest imaginings of Welles' genius..."
    Total Film

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