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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