Orson Welles Week! continues at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Welles’ “The Lady from Shanghai,” drastically recut prior to its 1947 release by Columbia president Harry Cohn. Dante calls the film “a shell of what might have been a classic.”
What remains of Orson Welles’ fourth Hollywood effort is dazzlingly inventive and narratively jumbled, due to Columbia prexy Harry Cohn cutting Welles’ version by nearly an hour. Still considered a key film noir, Dave Kehr once called it “the weirdest great film ever made”. The last few cards of most surviving versions of this trailer are replaced with a Columbia logo.