- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: October 3, 2000
- Originally Released: 1948
- Label: Sony Pictures
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Packaging: Keep Case
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33:1
- Dolby Digital Mono - English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
- Subtitles - English, Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Thai - Optional
Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary - 1. Peter Bogdanovich - Film Scholar
- Featurette - "A Conversation with Peter Bogdanovich"
- Trailers - 1. Original Theatrical Trailer
- - 2. Bonus Trailers - THE LAST HURRAH, THE LOVES OF CARMEN, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Text/ Photo Galleries:
- Vintage Advertising
- Production Notes
- Orson Welles - Director/ Star
- Rita Hayworth - Star
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"You need more than luck in Shanghai."
- Elsa Bannister (Rita Hayworth) to Michael O'Hara (Orson Welles)
Los Angeles Times - 02/18/1994
"...A lot of fun....Welles' usual technical invention is everywhere..."
USA Today - 10/06/2000
"...A noirish murder mystery that'll push the pin all the way to the right on your bizarro meter..."
Total Film - 11/01/2003
"...[With] some fascinating visual set-pieces....They're up there with the darkest imaginings of Welles' genius..."
A man hired to work on a yacht belonging to a wealthy married couple finds himself drawn into a dangerous web of deceit and intrigue. The film's famous climax takes place in a hall of mirrors.
Based On A Novel |
Essential Cinema |
Film Noir |
Theatrical Release |
- 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.