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The Lady From Shangai by Sherwood King (Novel) and Orson Welles (Screenplay)

The Lady from Shanghai tells the story of Michael O'Hara , who foils a robbery attempt against a beautiful blonde, Elsa. Elsa and her husband, the famous, handicapped criminal defense attorney Arthur Bannister , are newly arrived in New York City from Shanghai. They are on their way to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. Michael, who is attracted to Elsa, agrees to sign on as an able seaman aboard Bannister's yacht. He meets Bannister's law partner, George Grisby, who is traveling with the married couple. Grisby induces Michael to help Grisby fake his own death for $5,000; Grisby plans to run away with the insurance money that the law partners have taken out on each other. Michael signs a confession in advance, planning to run away with Elsa. When Grisby and one of Bannister's hired men are found dead, Michael is accused of the murders. The film features a surreal climactic shootout in a house of mirrors.

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Paul McGuigan 50% 
  2. 2. Christopher Nolan 25% 
  3. 3. John Dahl 25% 

Cast Results

Elsa 'Rosalie' Bannister Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Kristen Bell 25% 
  2. 2. Alexis Bledel 25% 
  3. 3. Leslie Bibb 25% 
  4. 4. Sarah Roemer 25% 

Michael O'Hara Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Vincent D'onofrio 25% 
  2. 2. Jude Law 25% 
  3. 3. Ethan Hawke 25% 
  4. 4. Josh Hartnett 25% 

Arthur Bannister Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Stanley Tucci 50% 
  2. 2. Billy Bob Thornton 25% 
  3. 3. Kevin Spacey 25% 

George Grisby Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Anthony Edwards 50% 
  2. 2. Patrick Wilson 25% 
  3. 3. Tim Roth 25% 


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