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The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

aka The Lady from Shanghai

"I told you... you know nothing about wickedness"

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Details: 87 mins · English, Chinese


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Small Elsa Bannister
Small Michael O'Hara
Small Arthur Bannister
Small George Grisby
Small Sidney Broome
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Small Orson Welles Director
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"I told you... you know nothing about wickedness"


Michael O'Hara (Orson Welles) meets the beautiful blonde Elsa (Rita Hayworth) as she rides a horse-drawn coach in Central Park. Three hooligans waylay the coach. Michael rescues Elsa and escorts her home. Michael reveals he is a seaman and learns Elsa and her husband, disabled criminal defense attorney Arthur Bannister (Everett Sloane), are newly arrived in New York City from Shanghai. They are on their way to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. Michael, attracted to Elsa despite misgivings, agrees to sign on as an able seaman aboard Bannister's yacht.

They are joined on the boat by Bannister's partner, George Grisby (Glenn Anders), who proposes that Michael "murder" him in a plot to fake his own death. He promises Michael $5,000 and explains that since he wouldn't really be dead and since there would be no corpse, Michael couldn't be convicted of murder (reflecting corpus delicti laws at the time.) Michael agrees, intending to use the money to run away with Elsa. Grisby has Michael sign a confession.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2000-10-03