Orson Welles asked Rita Hayworth to chop and bleach her trademark locks for The Lady From Shanghai. It was unpopular with fans, but was, Welles argued, integral to Hayworth’s reinvention as alluring, imperilled lady of leisure Elsa Bannister. The pair’s marriage was coming to an end, but their relationship was still far more cordial than Welles’ stormy dealings with studio head Harry Cohen. The Columbia boss was unhappy with Hayworth’s look in the movie and pushed the release back by a year, cutting it substantially in the process. Despite this, and the unusual inflections of Welles’ put-upon sailor – very much from the “to-be-sure-to-be-sure-it’s-a-Leprechaun!” school of Irish accents – the film turned out to be a noir gem.