What’s On Now?! ORSON WELLES’ Production Of “THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI” (1947)

The Lady From Shanghai (1948)

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

…May Not Be Exactly What ORSON WELLES Had Envisioned…

(((His Original-Cut Was About 155-Minutes, The Studio Release-Cut Was About 87-Minutes)))

…But You Can Totally Still See Plenty Of His Vision.

I Will Say It’s Loaded With Intrigue…

…Murder…

…Plot Twists…

…Exceptional, Quirk’ish Acting…

…And Quirk’ish’ly Exceptional Directing.

The Film Stars…

RITA HAYWORTH as Elsa Bannister/Rosalie

(((HAYWORTH Was Actually Still Married To WELLES At The Time This Flick Was Made)))

ORSON WELLES as Michael O’Hara

(((WELLES Also Wrote The Screenplay, Produced AND Directed)))

&

EVERETT SLOANE as Arthur Bannister

(((SLOANE Was Also A Performer With WELLES' "Mercury Players")))

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Michael O’Hara, against his better judgement, hires on as a crew member of Arthur Bannister’s yacht, sailing to San Francisco. They pick up Grisby, Bannister’s law partner, en route. Bannister has a wife, Rosalie, who seems to like Michael much better than she likes her husband. After they dock in Sausalito, Michael goes along with Grisby’s weird plan to fake his (Grisby’s) murder so he can disappear untailed. He wants the $5000 Grisby has offered, so he can run off with Rosalie. But Grisby turns up actually murdered, and Michael gets blamed for it. Somebody set him up, but it is not clear who or how. Bannister (the actual murderer?) defends Michael in court. Written byΒ John Oswalt <jao@jao.com> (Via The IMDB ((http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040525/plotsummary)))

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THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

…Is Now Over 65-Years-Old.

Yet, It Remains As Wildly Fun As It Ever Has.

As Others Have Said Of This Film…

…It Is TOTALLY Classic ORSON WELLES.

Kinda Hard Not To Be Since He Wrote, Starred-In, Produced, And Directed It.

CITIZEN KANE

…Is The Flick Most People Remember When Thinking About ORSON WELLES.

Of That, There Can Be No Debate.

But, Sometimes I’d Much Rather Kick-It-Back And Watch…

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

Period.

It’s A Lot More Fun, That’s A BIG Fo SHO.

When I Watch “CITIZEN KANE” I Say…

"Well, Now I've Seen It. I Can Totally Understand Why It's Such An Important Flick. I Might Watch It Again At Some Point."

When I See “THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI” I Say…

"Did I Just See What I Think I Just Saw?! I'm Gonna Have To Watch This One Again!"

See The Difference?

Trust Me, Watch Them Both.

Then You’ll Totally Get My Jive, My Peeps.

And It’s Worth It!

It’s So VERY Worth It!

No Foolies, Kids.

Sooo…

…If You Like Quality Murder-Mystery-Noir-Thrillers…

…And ORSON WELLES‘ Unique Filmmaker Qualities…

…I Say Give This One A Go.

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

…May Very Well Be Right Up Your Proverbial Alley, My Peeps.

You Really Should Trust Me On This One.

Give It A Go, Fo SHO Fo SHO!

M’Kay?!?

MMM’KAY!!!

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Pearl Harbor Day: Photographs VII, VIII, IX

Original Photo By Bradley Alan

The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. –Original Photo By Bradley Alan

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The Entrance To The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. -Original Photo By Bradley Alan-

The Entrance To The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. –Original Photo By Bradley Alan

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Original Photo By Bradley Alan

Inside The Memorial Of The Battleship U.S.S. Arizona, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. –Original Photo By Bradley Alan

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Pearl Harbor Day: Photograph VI

The Exposed Portion Of The Wreckage Of The U.S.S. Arizona In Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The Exposed Portion Of The Wreckage Of The Sunken Battleship U.S.S. Arizona In Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. –Original Photo By Bradley Alan

Pearl Harbor Day: Photograph V

The Oil Slick Still Seeping From The Wreckage Of The U.S.S. Arizona In Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. -Original Photo By Bradley Alan-

The Oil Slick Still Seeping From The Wreckage Of The U.S.S. Arizona In Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. –Original Photo By Bradley Alan

Pearl Harbor Day: Photograph IV

The Aircraft-Carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) In The Distance, As Seen From Aboard The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. -Original Photo By Bradley Alan-

The Aircraft-Carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) In The Distance, As Seen From Aboard The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. –Original Photo By Bradley Alan

Pearl Harbor Day: Photograph I

Original Photo By Bradley Alan

Shot In Pearl Harbor In 2000. The U.S.S. Missouri Is At The Left, The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Is To The Right. –Original Photo By Bradley Alan

What’s On Now?! VINCENT PRICE’s Totally Forgotten Classic “SHOCK” (1946)!!!

You Know The Word.

We All Do.

Some Of Us Use It Quite Often, Honestly.

SHOCK

Yep.

An Often Used Word, Indeed.

So What Would You Do If I Asked You…

"Hey There, Have You Ever Seen The VINCENT PRICE Flick "SHOCK" Before?"

??? ??? ???

Yeah.

Chances Are You’d Say…

"VINCENT PRICE Did A Movie Called "SHOCK"?!? I Hadn't The Foggiest!!!"

Okay…

…So You Might Not Say It Exactly Like That.

In Fact…

…I’m The Only Person I Know Of These Days Who Still Says..

"I Hadn't The Foggiest."

BUT…

…That’s Not The Point Of This.

THE POINT…

…Is…

…Right Now…

…At This Very Moment…

…I’m Writing To Y’all About This Flick WHILE I’m Watching It.

The Flick Is…

SHOCK

(1946)

…Starring…

VINCENT PRICE

&

LYNN BARI

&

ANABEL SHAW

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Basically…

…The Plot Is Rather Simple.

A Woman Named JANET (ANABEL SHAW) Suffers A Great SHOCK When She Witnesses A Man Kill His Wife By Bludgeoning Her With A Candle Stick…

…And Due To Said Great SHOCK, JANET Slips Into A Coma.

As She (JANET) Comes Out Of Her Coma, She Recognizes The Man She Had Seen Kill His Wife.

The Problem Is…

…He’s Her DOCTOR!!!

So Who’s Her Doctor, You Ask?!?

Why…

VINCENT PRICE

…OF COURSE!!!

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If You Want/Need More Info…

…Do Yourself A Favor And WATCH THE MOVIE!!!

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SHOCK

…Is A Personal Favorite…

…But It’s A Very Acquired Taste.

I Just Don’t Think Most Horror Fans Would Take To It Too Easily.

This Is More Of A Classic “Suspense” Yarn.

VINCENT PRICE Doesn’t Puff Himself Up And Over-Act In This One.

He Stays Very Calm And Almost Meek.

He’s VERY Unassuming, That’s Fo SHO.

Other Than JANET…

…I Think The Rest Of The Characters Were Dealt A Blow Of…

SHOCK

…When It Comes Out That The Doctor Is Indeed The Murderer.

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This Film Is In Black&White…

…And Is Very Subtle.

A Minor Film That Pissed-Off A Lot Of People When It Came Out In 1946.

There Were Many MANY People Who Had Survived WORLD WAR II, But Suffered From Some Form Of SHOCK.

And Those Same People Began Refusing Treatment After Seeing This Film.

Just Goes To Show You How Powerful A Flick Can Honestly Be.

Fo SHO Fo SHO!

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As I Said Before…

…Do Yourself A Favor And Check This One Out.

It’s A Real Diamond In The Rough, And A Totally Forgotten Classic.

Perhaps It’s Time To Un-Forget-It, Eh?!?

EH!?!?!

Again I Say…

Fo SHO Fo SHO!!!

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