also, the studio changed more than the soundtrack. welles when talking to bogdanovich had no recollection of the mutilation. the james naremore book has good info on this, as does the bret wood book, and the frank brady book. the bret wood book is quite good. actually, all three of these books are excellent.
LADY FROM SHANGHAI was intended to be a vastly different film than it turned out. it's a shame. as always, welles was attempting to go where no film had gone before, and as always, no one understood what the hell it was all about.
wouldn't it be incredible if the cut turned up that was screened for cohn when cohn stood up and offered any one in the room $1000 to explain to him what it was all about?
welles claimed the assigned editor after the film ran into troubled waters, viola lawrence, always hated him, and she was mostly responsible for the final shape of the film. this one must have been particularly painful because they didn't throw welles off the project and hired some one else to mutilate it, they used welles himself to destroy the film.
about a week ago i rewatched my pirated vhs copy of the dvd, and had forgotten how incredible the transfer looks. well worth buying. my 5 or 6 previous copies all had some missing frames in the same places. gave you those funny jump cuts with missing dialogue.