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Gilda -- The sinister boss of a South American casino finds that his right-hand man Johnny and his sensuous new wife Gilda already know each other.


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E.A. Ellington (story)
Jo Eisinger (adaptation)
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Release Date:
25 April 1946 (USA) See more »
"I didn't think I'd be true to a man again as long as I lived..." See more »
A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rita Hayworth ... Gilda Mundson Farrell

Glenn Ford ... Johnny Farrell / Narrator

George Macready ... Ballin Mundson

Joseph Calleia ... Det. Maurice Obregon

Steven Geray ... Uncle Pio

Joe Sawyer ... Casey

Gerald Mohr ... Capt. Delgado

Mark Roberts ... Gabe Evans (as Robert Scott)

Ludwig Donath ... German Cartel Member

Donald Douglas ... Thomas Langford (as Don Douglas)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julio Abadía ... Newsman / Waiter (uncredited)
Enrique Acosta ... Gambler (uncredited)
Ed Agresti ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Sam Appel ... Blackjack Dealer (uncredited)

Sam Ash ... Gambler (uncredited)
Nina Bara ... Girl at Carnival (uncredited)

Edward Biby ... Gambler (uncredited)
Robert Board ... American Cartel Member (uncredited)

Symona Boniface ... Gambler at Roulette Table (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Blackjack Dealer (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Man (uncredited)

Argentina Brunetti ... Woman (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Assistant Croupier (uncredited)

Eduardo Ciannelli ... Cartel Member (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Gambler (uncredited)

Jean De Briac ... French Cartel Member (uncredited)
Jerry De Castro ... Doorman (uncredited)
Leander De Cordova ... Servant (uncredited)

Sayre Dearing ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Jack Del Rio ... Cashier (uncredited)

Jean Del Val ... French Cartel Member (uncredited)
Carli Elinor ... Waiter (uncredited)

Fernanda Eliscu ... Bendolin's Wife (uncredited)
Anita Ellis ... Singer for Rita Hayworth (voice) (uncredited)

Herbert Evans ... English Cartel Member (uncredited)
Nobel G. Evey ... Banco Dealer (uncredited)

Sam Flint ... American Cartel Member (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Gambler at Roulette Table (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ... Gambler (uncredited)
Kay Garrett ... Gambler (uncredited)
Fred Godoy ... Bartender (uncredited)
Paul Gustine ... Gambler (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Gambler (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Gambler (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ... Gambler (uncredited)
Ted Hecht ... Holdup Man (uncredited)
Ernest Hilliard ... English Cartel Member (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... Gambler at Banco Table (uncredited)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Peasant (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Italian (uncredited)

Robert Kellard ... Man at Masquerade (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Gambler (uncredited)
Frank Leigh ... Man (uncredited)

George J. Lewis ... Huerta (uncredited)
Frank Leyva ... Argentine Cartel Member (uncredited)
Max Linder ... Gambler (uncredited)
Oscar Loraine ... French Cartel Member (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Gambler (uncredited)
Herman Marks ... Waiter (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Roulette Croupier (uncredited)

Saul Martell ... Little Man (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Gambler (uncredited)

John Merton ... Policeman (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Gambler (uncredited)
Ramon Munox ... Judge (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... American Cartel Member (uncredited)
Ralph Navarro ... Waiter (uncredited)
J.W. Noon ... Banco Dealer (uncredited)
Alfred Paix ... Waiter (uncredited)
Lou Palfy ... Assistant Croupier (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Waiter (uncredited)
Albert Petit ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Gambler (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Assistant Croupier (uncredited)
Soretta Raye ... Harpy (uncredited)
Paul Regas ... Man (uncredited)
Rosa Rey ... Maria (uncredited)

Suzanne Ridgway ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Ruth Roman ... Girl (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Lionel Royce ... German (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Man (uncredited)

Jeffrey Sayre ... Gambler (uncredited)
Leonardo Scavino ... Croupier (uncredited)

William Smith ... Man (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Assistant Croupier (uncredited)
Robert Tafur ... Clerk (uncredited)

John Tyrrell ... Man (uncredited)

Philip Van Zandt ... Cartel Member (uncredited)

Ernö Verebes ... Blackjack Dealer (uncredited)
Russ Vincent ... Escort (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Crap Game Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Vidor 
Writing credits
E.A. Ellington (story)

Jo Eisinger (adaptation)

Marion Parsonnet (screenplay)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Virginia Van Upp .... producer
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Rudolph Maté (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson  (as Stephen Goossón)
Van Nest Polglase 
Set Decoration by
Robert Priestley (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (as Arthur S. Black)
George Webster .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound recordist (as Lambert Day)
Lambert E. Day .... sound (uncredited)
Russell Malmgren .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Russell Malmgren .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... miniatures (uncredited)
Lawrence W. Butler .... special optical effects (uncredited)
Donald C. Glouner .... matte paintings camera (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Irving Klein .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Marlin Skiles .... musical director
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ving Hershon .... music editor (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Victor Schertzinger .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edwin Wetzel .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Norman Deming .... assistant to the producer
Juanita L. Bell .... research director (uncredited)
Robert Board .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jack Cole .... choreographer (uncredited)
Peter Ford .... photographic model: Johnny as a baby (uncredited)
Thelma Hoover .... research director (uncredited)
Grover Crisp .... special thanks
Simon Daniel .... special thanks
Anne Fleming .... special thanks
David Francis .... special thanks
William Humphrey .... special thanks
Clyde Jeavons .... special thanks
William Prudhomme .... special thanks
Ken Weissman .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-12 (1984) | Finland:K-16 (1947) (1959) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1948) (passed with cuts) | Norway:16 (1946) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (re-release) (2011) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (1999) | USA:Approved (PCA #11235) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Not Rated (video rating) | West Germany:12 (old rating: 16)
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Did You Know?

According to an article in the Los Angeles Examiner in 1945, Edmund Goulding was initially attached to direct.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The New York Blizzard happened in 1888, not 1886 as Gilda sings.See more »
[first lines]
Johnny Farrell:To me a dollar was a dollar in any language. It was my first night in the Argentine and I didn't know much about the local citizens, but I knew about American sailors, and I knew I better get out of there.
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16 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Less noir, more a star vehicle for Rita Hayworth's talents, 12 March 2002
Author: nqure from North Wales, UK

Gilda is very much a star vehicle for Rita Hayworth's provocative sexiness and, in truth, she comes across, esp in the finale, as a vulnerable minx rather than an acid hearted femme fatale (Barbara Stanwyck in 'Double Indemnity).

The plot's noir elements initially hold your interest - the downbeat narrator, the love triangle, Mundsen's shadowy dealings with Germans/Nazis, double-crossing - and the dialogue fizzes brilliantly at times especially when Gilda & Johnny, her former paramour, encounter one another again (the talk on hate as an emotion).

Yet one gets the feeling that plot & character development are secondary elements and I found my attention wondering now & again due to the uneven pace of the plot.

I did like the idea of Farrell (Glenn Ford) becoming insanely jealous of Gilda - like Mundsen before him - after their marriage. She looks at a portrait of her supposedly dead husband and Farrell suddenly remembers her apparent faithlessness. Their love quickly turns again into mutual antagonism.

The ending is underpowered and appears tacked on. We've been waiting for Mundsen's return to settle an outstanding matter. This just highlights how far removed from standard noir films Gilda really is.

Some critics have read a gay subtext in the relationship between Johnny and Mundsen, but I think whatever nuances, if any, are quickly subsumed by the film's attention on Hayworth & her charms. Besides the character of Mundsen is simply not developed enough to cater for such emotional complexity.

Later generations like mine are perhaps not so aware of Hayworth's allure, so, in some ways, the film's mystique has diminished over time. Still, I can imagine the film's attraction especially for those returning from the grim battlefields of WW2. It is easy to understand how so many found this film captivating. I read somewhere that the film's chereographer actually based Hayworth's dance to 'Blame It On Mame' on a professional stripper he knew. Little wonder then that she became a pin-up on the first A-bomb dropped in peacetime. But it would be wrong just to class Hayworth as merely a pin-up. Her Gilda is also a vulnerable figure, hurt in the past, and on the rebound.

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