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)
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.