->''"Some people can smell danger. Not me."''
-->-- '''Michael O'Hara'''

''The Lady from Shanghai'' is a 1947 FilmNoir directed by, written by, and starring Creator/OrsonWelles, and co-starring Welles's then-wife, Creator/RitaHayworth.

Irish sailor Michael O'Hara (Welles) meets the beautiful [[FemmeFatale Elsa Bannister]] (Hayworth), the titular Lady, after saving her from muggers in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Central Park]]. She offers him a job aboard her yacht, but things soon take a turn for the worse when Michael gets involved in a plot to help a man [[FakingTheDead fake his death]].

!!Tropes appearing in this film include:
* AmusementPark: Where the climax occurs, in the hall of mirrors.
* 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.
* 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: It doesn't work.
* DrosteImage: In the iconic hall of mirrors sequence, as shown in the image on this page.
* FakingTheDead: Grigsby's plot. Subverted -- he certainly succeeds on the "dead" end of things, but the "fake" [[KilledOffForReal is entirely lacking]].
* FemmeFatale: Elsa
* FilmNoir
* FilmOfTheBook: Actually based on the novel ''If I Die Before I Wake'' by Sherwood King.
* FrameUp: 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.
* HallOfMirrors: TropeCodifier. Probably not the TropeMaker as this trope was used for comic effect by Creator/CharlieChaplin in ''Film/TheCircus'' some 20 years before.
* MutualKill: Elsa and her husband shoot each other.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Welles struggles with an Irish accent.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Rita Hayworth, married on-screen to gnome-like Everett Sloane.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: The audience knows how they are going to try to fake Grisby's death. Even though it's not the whole story, it doesn't go quite as planned.
* YourCheatingHeart: Ironically, Michael knows how dangerous this is. He even remarks, "I don't like a girlfriend to have a husband. If she'll fool her husband, I figure she'll fool me."