The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Feature Film | Thriller | USA | English | 1h27m
Dir: Orson Welles | Scr: Orson Welles | Novel: Sherwood King | Ph: Charles Lawton Jr. | Prod: Orson Welles | Mus: Heinz Roemheld | Ed: Viola Lawrence | AD: Sturges Carne & Stephen Goossón | Cast: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia, Erskine Sanford, Gus Schilling, Carl Frank, Louis Merrill, Evelyn Ellis

Against his better judgement, a well-travelled Irish sailor takes a job on the yacht of a renowned San Franciscan lawyer, transporting him and his beautiful young wife along the coast of Mexico. However, sex, murder, and general skulduggery soon confirm his initial misgivings, putting his future liberty in doubt in the process, in this stylish, slow-burn thriller. Welles’s mise en scène and Lawton’s photography provide memorable imagery, whilst the cast’s generally understated performances also the catch the eye.