Lady from Shanghai (1948)

Orson Welles

Screenplay by Orson Welles, adapted from the novel by Sherwood King

Rita Hayworth (Elsa Bannister)
Orson Welles (Michael O'Hara)
Everett Sloane (Arthur Bannister)
Glenn Anders (George Grisby)
Ted de Corsia (Sidney Broome)

Mike and Elsa demonstrate fun with mirrors
Mike and Elsa are joined by Bannister
Careful with those mirrors, you might put your eye out!
Three guesses who's not a member of the San Francisco Chinese Opera company
Publicity shot of Elsa at the entrance to the funhouse
Elsa and Broome
Mike tries to hide in Chinatown
The happy Bannister couple
Mike models an adorable cap; with Elsa at Ye Olde Fisherman's Wharf
Another shot of Elsa and Mike at Ye Olde Wharf
Bannister and Mike talk as Elsa watches
Mike races through Chinatown desperate to find some good char siew
Mike and Elsa have more fun with mirrors
Mike at the end
Arthur and Elsa relaxing
Elsa and Mike
Publicity shot of Elsa in the hall of mirrors

When I start out to make a fool of myself, there's very little can stop me. If I'd known where it would end, I'd never let anything start. If I had been in my right mind that is. But once I'd seen her, once I'd seen her, I was not in my right mind for quite some time. "Good evening" says I, thinking myself a very gay dog indeed. But here was a beautiful girl all by herself and me with plenty of time, nothing to do but get myself in trouble. Some people can smell danger. Not me.

And from that moment on I did not use my head very much except to be thinking of her.

But in the park in those days the rough young fellas used to be staging hold-ups and the like. However these young fellas were not professionals. And that's maybe the reason why I start out in this story a little bit like a hero, which I most certainly am not.

Personally I don't like a girlfriend to have a husband. If she'll fool her husband I figure she'll fool me.

Naturally someone had to take Bannister home. I told myself I couldn't leave a helpless man lying unconscious in a saloon. Well it was me that was unconscious. And he was exactly as helpless as a sleeping rattlesnake.

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