The Lady from Shanghai

N.p. N.p., Circa 1947. Vintage reference photograph of director Orson Welles and his then-estranged wife, actress Rita Hayworth, on the set of the 1947 film. Holograph ink annotations on the verso.

From the archive of film historian and author Joel Finler.

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.

10 x 8 inches. Very Good, lightly toned overall, with brief wear at the corners.

National Film Registry. Rosenbaum 1000. Selby US. Selby US Canon. Selby US Masterwork. Silver and Ward Classic Noir. Spicer US.

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