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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Slightly late, but here I am with Saturday’s behind the scenes pic, a really nice shot so crisp and clear that it looks like it was taken yesterday. And I kinda wish it was. I’d love to live in a world where Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth were in their primes making movies.

Before she helped Tim Robbins get outta jail, Ms. Hayworth smoked up the silver screen in a series of great roles throughout the '40s and '50s… and I’m not quite sure if she was more beautifully photographed in black and white or Technicolor, but I can say she was one of the most gorgeous women ever up to be put in front of a motion picture camera.

Today’s image is of Ms. Hayworth and Mr. Welles on the set of The Lady From Shanghai, a noir from 1947. As was the case throughout most of his career, perfectionist Welles had many fights with the studio and indeed had a director’s cut that was over an hour longer than the finished product.

The man never made it easy on himself, but that’s why he’s remembered today.

Click for a nice big version! Enjoy!




If the next Behind the Scenes Pic closes its eyes and holds its breath everything will turn real pretty.

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  • April 10, 2011, 6:12 a.m. CST



    What a fox! My morning wood approves.

  • April 10, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    I like how they are sitting in each other's chairs

    by ATARI

  • April 10, 2011, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Oh Yes Indeed...

    by Pawprint

    I'd shag her 'til the wheels came off...

  • April 10, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    beautiful shot

    by gerhard_futkanister

    i didnt know there was a director's cut, gotta check it out. the original ist beautiful, but kinda incomprehensible.

  • April 10, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Great Pic!

    by NeonFrisbee

    If you had a "like" button on this site, I would be pressing it.

  • April 10, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    What happened to the links to past BTSPOTD?

    by speed

    This is one of the best things AICN has produced and I used to love catching up with the pics after a trip or heavy work week, but them pretty links are all gone...!?!?!

  • April 10, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    So that's who Gwen Stefani tries to look like!

    by bah

  • April 10, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    wonder if that chair of his still exists?


    i imagine it would bring a hefty price. if it survived his fat years, that is. it looks pretty beaten up and cracked in that pic. if it did break and was thrown out decades and decades and decades ago...i wonder- is it in a landfill? or did some smart studio lot worker- when asked to throw it away- stored it in his car. imagine how many amazing pieces of amazing creative history get thrown out every day, and certainly how much we've lost since the golden era of hollywood. sure it's just a chair- but that was orson welles' freaking chair!

  • The immortal words of Louis Tully

  • April 10, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST


    by Fletch Gannon

    Remember the end scene of 'Kane' where throw rosebud in the furnace...I imagine that's how they got rid of his chair after the studio didn't renew his contract.

  • April 10, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Who Else Masturbated to this furiously?

    by Tim

    Because that would make just you pervert. Winning.

  • April 10, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST



    yeah shit, i forgot about how much furnaces were used back then in general. So much history lost forever. i remember being so upset learning just how many sets are destroyed after filming- one of which being both the nostromo and space jockey ship interiors from ALIEN. i guess it makes sense- you often have to break something down to get it out of the soundstage/hangar...but that craftsmanship being thrown out like's heart wrenching. and i can't imagine anyone working on the production to not want just a PIECE of it afterwards. i'd love to have a section of gigerwall or nostromo dining area in my den :)

  • April 10, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    that is one BEAUTIFUL dame... thank you Quint

    by Tigger Tales

  • April 10, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    we shall sell no wine... before its time.

    by vulturess


  • April 10, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • April 10, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    The only great tragedy of Welles' life...

    by beamish13

    was that he didn't get to complete every project he initiated. He funneled his paychecks from commercials and doing VO's for trailers into his art. How many great filmmakers do that today? He did live to see his vision of MACBETH vindicated finally in '84 when it was restored by the UCLA Film and Television archive.

  • April 10, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    She was hotter when she was a Red.

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    REDHEAD! A red-headed knockout. That's what I meant.

  • April 10, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    She was hot when she was batshit crazy. She could do it ALL.

  • April 10, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Rita is

    by thecheesegrommit

    not a pretty as I remember more handsome. But Orson is HOT!!! and pulls off that little polka dot number.

  • April 10, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • April 10, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    There was a greater tragedy in Welles life.

    by v3d

    Check out the documentary "Prodigal Sons". A twist bigger than every M. Night Shyamalan movie combined.

  • April 10, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Really cool photo

    by Smack_Teddy

    I know i haven't furiously masturbated to this picture with Rita Hayworth

  • April 10, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Nasty in the pasty...

    by shoveller

    Yes but what would we do with a dead, honey covered goat after we're done with it?

  • April 10, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Can't decide if Lady from Shanghai or Macbeth is my favourite

    by Smack_Teddy

    aside from or along with Citizen Kane & Touch of Evil of course. There all just so good gosh darn it.

  • April 10, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by GroolDemon

    They just don't make them like her anymore do they?

  • April 10, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    List of previous BTS pics

    by Quint

    I'm compiling them right now, trying to figure out the best way to display them. Hopefully in the next couple weeks there'll be a master list somewhere that I'll link to in every article so it's just one link instead of 200.

  • April 10, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Welles' greatest performance:

    by Billy_D_Williams

  • April 11, 2011, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Where did this picture come from?

    by obidawsn

    I know I've seen this picture before, and I don't look at a lot of things that have BTS pics. Was this not a BTS pic of the day before? I'm just not sure where I would have seen it.

  • April 11, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    @ halfbreedqueen

    by v3d

    You are correct. The Thin Blue Line is the gold standard of documentaries.