The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Directed by Orson Welles, written by Orson Welles (screenplay), Sherwood King (novel)

“Some people can smell danger. Not me.”

An Irishman (Welles) saves the life of a rich lawyer’s wife (Hayworth) and is invited to their yacht as part of the crew. When he realizes the madness of the people he’s dealing with, he’s already in too deep and involved in a complicated murder plot.

Locations are lush, the plot is complex, the hero is an underdog, the villains are insane, and the girl is out-of-this-world gorgeous. This is one of my new favorites.

“Either me, or the rest of the whole world, is absolutely insane.”

5- stars


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