The Lady from Shanghai

Culver City, CA: Columbia Pictures, Circa 1947. Vintage reference photograph of director Orson Welles and his then-estranged wife, actress Rita Hayworth, waving from the cockpit of a plane preparing to fly to Acapulco, Mexico, to shoot location scenes for their 1947 film "The Lady from Mexico." Printed mimeo snipe affixed to the verso, along with a provenance stamp.

Welles promised to write, produce, and direct a film for Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn in exchange for an emergency $55,000 to help finance costuming for his 1946 Broadway musical "Around the World." The resultant film, based on Raymond Sherwood King's 1938 novel "If I Die Before I Wake," courted controversy, not least due to Welles' decision to have Hayes cut and bleach her iconic red hair for her performance. Although the film was a commercial failure in the US upon release, it is now considered a touchstone of the noir genre.

8 x 10 inches. Very Good plus, with a small splash to the bottom portion of the image.

[Book #152038]

Price: $475.00