History Film / TheLadyFromShanghai

28th Dec '15 1:13:42 AM gallium
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* TheCameo: The yacht used in the movie belonged to Creator/ErrolFlynn. Flynn was piloting the yacht during filming and can be seen in one scene outside a cantina.
18th Oct '15 7:14:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: Michael is almost acutely aware that something bad awaits him if he goes along with Elsa and her husband. He's even tries to get hired on the first merchant ship leaving New York just to avoid being pulled into it. It's only the promise a very nice paycheck that causes him to reconsider and even then he's still leery about it.
7th Sep '15 1:05:50 PM nombretomado
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Creator/OrsonWelles directed and starred in this 1947 FilmNoir classic as Irishman Michael O'Hara, who meets the beautiful [[FemmeFatale Elsa]], the titular Lady (Creator/RitaHayworth), after saving her from muggers in [[NewYorkCity Central Park]]. She offers him a job aboard her yacht, but things soon take a turn for the worse when Micheal gets involved in a plot to help a man [[FakingTheDead fake his death]].

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Creator/OrsonWelles directed and starred in this 1947 FilmNoir classic as Irishman Michael O'Hara, who meets the beautiful [[FemmeFatale Elsa]], the titular Lady (Creator/RitaHayworth), after saving her from muggers in [[NewYorkCity [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Central Park]]. She offers him a job aboard her yacht, but things soon take a turn for the worse when Micheal gets involved in a plot to help a man [[FakingTheDead fake his death]].
11th Aug '15 5:15:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* HallOfMirrors: TropeCodifier. Probably not the TropeMaker as this trope was used for comic effect by Creator/CharlieChaplin in ''TheCircus'' some 20 years before.

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* HallOfMirrors: TropeCodifier. Probably not the TropeMaker as this trope was used for comic effect by Creator/CharlieChaplin in ''TheCircus'' ''Film/TheCircus'' some 20 years before.
30th Mar '15 12:00:01 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* YourCheatingHeart: Ironically, Michael knows how dangerous this is. He even remarks "I didn't like my girlfriends to have husbands"

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* YourCheatingHeart: Ironically, Michael knows how dangerous this is. He even remarks "I didn't like my girlfriends to have husbands"husbands"
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25th Oct '14 10:05:42 PM PhilsLover
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* DyeingForYourArt: Hayworth, famous for her luxuriant red hair, got a short haircut and went platinum blonde for this movie.
* ExecutiveMeddling: As was often the case with Welles' work. The original cut ran around 155 minutes (including a much-extended funhouse climax) and had a much different musical score (the HallOfMirrors segment was intended to play entirely without music). Studio execs ended up cutting almost half the runtime and commissioning a jazzy score designed to [[MickeyMousing underline the action]].

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* DyeingForYourArt: Hayworth, famous for her luxuriant red hair, got a short haircut and went platinum blonde for this movie.
* ExecutiveMeddling: As was often the case with Welles' work. The original cut ran around 155 minutes (including a much-extended funhouse climax) and had a much different musical score (the HallOfMirrors segment was intended to play entirely without music). Studio execs ended up cutting almost half the runtime and commissioning a jazzy score designed to [[MickeyMousing underline the action]].



* UglyGuyHotWife: Rita Hayworth, married on-screen to gnome-like Everettt Sloane.

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* UglyGuyHotWife: Rita Hayworth, married on-screen to gnome-like Everettt Everett Sloane.
20th Dec '13 6:46:46 AM freesefan
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* AmusementPark: Where the climax occurs, in the hall of mirrors.
20th Dec '13 6:44:37 AM freesefan
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OrsonWelles directed and starred in this 1947 FilmNoir classic as Irishman Michael O'Hara, who meets the beautiful [[FemmeFatale Elsa]], the titular Lady, after saving her from muggers in [[NewYorkCity Central Park]]. She offers him a job aboard her yacht, but things soon take a turn for the worse when Micheal gets involved in a plot to help a man [[FakingTheDead fake his death]].

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OrsonWelles Creator/OrsonWelles directed and starred in this 1947 FilmNoir classic as Irishman Michael O'Hara, who meets the beautiful [[FemmeFatale Elsa]], the titular Lady, Lady (Creator/RitaHayworth), after saving her from muggers in [[NewYorkCity Central Park]]. She offers him a job aboard her yacht, but things soon take a turn for the worse when Micheal gets involved in a plot to help a man [[FakingTheDead fake his death]].



* DeathFakedForYou: [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]

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* ChekhovsSkill / {{Foreshadowing}}: Elsa mentions that she grew up in China, the daughter of White Russian exiles (hence the title). After O'Hara escapes from the courthouse, he winds up in Chinatown, and Elsa talks to some of her Chinese hoodlum friends to get him away from the cops.
* DeathFakedForYou: [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]work.
* DrosteImage: In the iconic hall of mirrors sequence, as shown in the image on this page.
* DyeingForYourArt: Hayworth, famous for her luxuriant red hair, got a short haircut and went platinum blonde for this movie.



* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Subverted -- he certainly succeeds on the "dead" end of things, but the "fake" [[KilledOffForReal is entirely lacking]].]]

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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Grigsby's plot. Subverted -- he certainly succeeds on the "dead" end of things, but the "fake" [[KilledOffForReal is entirely lacking]].]]



* FrameUp

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* FrameUpFrameUp: Grigsby tells O'Hara that he wants to fake his own death in order to collect on insurance and get away. Actually Grigsby's plan is to kill Bannister and frame O'Hara for it.



* MutualKill: [[spoiler: Elsa and her husband shoot each other.]]

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* MutualKill: [[spoiler: Elsa and her husband shoot each other.]]



* UglyGuyHotWife

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* UglyGuyHotWifeUglyGuyHotWife: Rita Hayworth, married on-screen to gnome-like Everettt Sloane.
26th Apr '13 1:06:57 PM KevinKlawitter
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* ExecutiveMeddling: As was often the case with Welles' work. The original cut ran around 155 minutes (including a much-extended funhouse climax) and had a much different musical score (the HouseOfMirrors segment was intended to play entirely without music). Studio execs ended up cutting almost half the runtime and commissioning a jazzy score designed to [[MickeyMousing underline the action]].

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* ExecutiveMeddling: As was often the case with Welles' work. The original cut ran around 155 minutes (including a much-extended funhouse climax) and had a much different musical score (the HouseOfMirrors HallOfMirrors segment was intended to play entirely without music). Studio execs ended up cutting almost half the runtime and commissioning a jazzy score designed to [[MickeyMousing underline the action]].
26th Apr '13 1:06:21 PM KevinKlawitter
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* ExecutiveMeddling: As was often the case with Welles' work. The original cut ran around 155 minutes (including a much-extended funhouse climax) and had a much different musical score (the HouseOfMirrors segment was intended to play entirely without music). Studio execs ended up cutting almost half the runtime and commissioning a jazzy score designed to [[MickeyMousing underline the action]].
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