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For this episode, we return to the lovely Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis to enjoy Orson Wells’ curious film noir, The Lady from Shanghai. The film stars Wells and his then wife Rita Hayworth, who makes her first appearance on our podcast. Melissa is the only member of our team who has seen the film before so both Tim and Jena have a chance to react to all sorts of weirdness that arises when an auteur has his vision compromised by studio interference. On the other hand, maybe some of that interference wasn’t such a bad thing…
Our next episode will jump forward a few years as we watch Edge of Tomorrow!
|The Lady from Shanghai (1947)|
|Rating: 7.5/10 (31,628 votes)
Director: Orson Welles
Writer: Sherwood King, Orson Welles, William Castle
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane
Runtime: 87 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 14 Apr 1948
|Plot: Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.|
I thought I had seen the amusement park at the end of The Lady from Shanghai in another movie, but it appears that I didn’t. I may have been thinking of The Pike in Long Beach, California. The San Francisco amusement park in this movie was Playland on the Beach which began in the late 1920s and was demolished in 1972.