Film Noir Matinee Series

Tenley-Friendship Library

Film Noir Matinee Series

'The Lady from Shanghai' - 1947

Movie poster for The Lady from ShanghaiMichael O'Hara (Orson Welles), after a chance meeting with Rosalie Bannister (Rita Hayworth) in New York, agrees to become a crewman on her husband Arthur Bannister’s yacht bound for San Francisco. En route they pick up Bannister’s law partner, George Grisby.

After docking on the West Coast, Grisby needs to disappear and offers O’Hara $5,000 to help him fake his death. O’Hara agrees because he needs the cash so that he can run off with Rosalie. The plot thickens when Grisby is actually murdered and Michael gets the blame. Can O’Hara prove that somebody set him up, especially when Arthur Bannister is the lawyer defending him in court?

Join other noir enthusiasts in the Second-Floor Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. as we watch and discuss this classic Wellesian noir tale of cat-and-mouse human duplicity.

Black and white, unrated, 87 minutes.