The Lady from Shanghai Overview:

The Lady from Shanghai (1947) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Orson Welles and produced by Harry Cohn, Orson Welles, William Castle and Richard Wilson.

BlogHub Articles:

Orson Welles pursues Rita Hayworth in “The Lady from Shanghai”

By Stephen Reginald on Jun 17, 2021 From Classic Movie Man

Orson Welles pursues Rita Hayworth in “The Lady from Shanghai” The Lady from Shanghai (1947) is a film noir directed by Orson Welles and starring Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, and Everett Sloane. Initially snubbed by the critics upon its initial release, the film has garnered a reput... Read full article


The Lady from Shanghai (1947, Orson Welles)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Sep 2, 2019 From The Stop Button

It?s immaterial to the film overall but I want to talk about how Welles compensates for projection composites looking like projection composites. He changes up his focus, sometimes focusing on the person in the foreground, sometimes not. Is it intentional? Is he really trying to compensate? Well, th... Read full article


The Lady from Shanghai (1947, Orson Welles)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Sep 2, 2019 From The Stop Button

It?s immaterial to the film overall but I want to talk about how Welles compensates for projection composites looking like projection composites. He changes up his focus, sometimes focusing on the person in the foreground, sometimes not. Is it intentional? Is he really trying to compensate? Well, th... Read full article


The Lady from Shanghai (1947, Orson Welles)

on Sep 2, 2019 From The Stop Button

It?s immaterial to the film overall but I want to talk about how Welles compensates for projection composites looking like projection composites. He changes up his focus, sometimes focusing on the person in the foreground, sometimes not. Is it intentional? Is he really trying to compensate? Well, th... Read full article


The Lady from Shanghai (1947, Orson Welles)

on Sep 2, 2019 From The Stop Button

It?s immaterial to the film overall but I want to talk about how Welles compensates for projection composites looking like projection composites. He changes up his focus, sometimes focusing on the person in the foreground, sometimes not. Is it intentional? Is he really trying to compensate? Well, th... Read full article


See all The Lady from Shanghai articles

Quotes from

Michael O'Hara: It's a bright, guilty world.


Michael O'Hara: One who follows his nature keeps his original nature in the end.


Arthur Bannister, Criminal Lawyer: [to Michael] I might as well tell you this is one case I've enjoyed losing.


read more quotes from The Lady from Shanghai...

Facts about

According to Orson Welles, this film grew out of an act of pure desperation. Welles, whose Mercury Theatre company produced a musical version of "Around the World in 80 Days," was in desperate need of money just before the Boston Preview. Mere hours before the show was due to open, the costumes had been impounded and unless Welles could come up with $55,000 to pay outstanding debts, the performance would have to be canceled. Stumbling upon a copy of "If I Die Before I Wake," the novel upon which this film is based, Welles phoned Harry Cohn, instructing him to buy the rights to the novel and offering to write, direct and star in the film so long as Cohn would send $55,000 to Boston within two hours. The money arrived, and the production went on as planned.
Filmed in 1946, not released until 1947.
Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn thought the movie would ruin his star, Rita Hayworth, and held the release of the picture back for one year. Cohn ordered director Orson Welles to insert "glamour" shots (close-ups) of Hayworth. Because of the success of Hayworth's singing in other films, Cohn ordered filming of the scene where Hayworth sings "Please Don't Kiss Me."
read more facts about The Lady from Shanghai...
Share this page:
Visit the Classic Movie Hub Blog CMH
Also directed by Orson Welles




More about Orson Welles >>
Also produced by Harry Cohn




More about Harry Cohn >>
Related Lists
Create a list


See All Related Lists >>
Also released in 1947




See All 1947 films >>