This 1947 film noir earns a 7.7/10 veiwers' rating over at imdb.com. I'd concur with that mark, or perhaps score it a tad lower. Pin up queen Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, and Everett Sloane star in the picture. Errol Flynn has an uncredited face-in-the-crowd scene. Welles is the uncredited director who was also married but estranged from Ms. Hayworth. She lights up the silver screen with her incandescent beauty. Welles, on the other hand, looks a bit paunchy and tired. I won't rehash the plot. Rest assured it's packed with twists, although the main characters' motives a few times were headscratchers for me. Sloane plays a sleazy but colorful gimp (he walks on two canes) of a defense lawyer. He's got the goods on his suffering wife, Rita. I'm not sure if she qualifies for a typical femme fatale. The distinctive camera work might be the picture's most interesting aspect, especially in the closing scene (again, no spoilers). I smiled at the humor in a couple of places, and the dialogue is snappy enough. All in all, The Lady From Shanghai makes for an entertaining film worth your viewing time.
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message 1: by Pamela (new)

Pamela I have always loved old black-&-white movies---even when I was a child. This plot sounds familiar. I may have watched it once before. But your review has made me want to watch it again.


message 2: by Ed (new)

Ed Pamela wrote: "I have always loved old black-&-white movies---even when I was a child. This plot sounds familiar. I may have watched it once before. But your review has made me want to watch it again."

There's something alluring about the black-and-white pictures. I try to watch as many as I can find the time for. Thank you for the Like and comments, Pamela.


message 3: by Michele (new)

Michele bookloverforever never caught this one. will watch for it in the future though.


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