Gilda (1946) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Just arrived in Argentina, small-time crooked gambler Johnny Farrell is saved from a gunman by sinister Ballin Mundson, who later makes Johnny his right-hand man. But their friendship based on mutual lack of scruples is strained when Mundson returns from a trip with a wife: the supremely desirable Gilda, whom Johnny once knew and learned to hate. The relationship of Johnny and Gilda, a battlefield of warring emotions, becomes even more bizarre after Mundson disappears...

    - Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>
  • In Argentina, Johnny Farrell is a dice gambler who gets in a robbery situation and is saved by Ballin Mundson, an owner of a casino. Johnny starts working for Ballin as his right-man. The situation changes with the arrival of Gilda, his lover in the past and recently married with Ballin.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Johnny Farrell has just arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he is making a living cheating in gambling, primarily in informal street games. He begins a more stable life when, upon a chance meeting, he convinces Ballin Mundson, the violent and less than scrupulous owner of the local illegal casino, to hire him on the premise that it is better for Ballin to have the "enemy" on his side. Besides the casino, which the local authorities are aware of, Ballin is involved in an international illegal tungsten cartel. Johnny quickly rises to be Ballin's trusted right hand man. Ballin surprisingly gets married to Gilda, a woman he only just met. The two have different reasons for getting married to each other. Ballin can see that Johnny and Gilda mutually hate each other, but he states that hate is an exciting emotion. As Johnny tries to carry out his work for Ballin, Gilda - who continues to do what she wants, married or not - is a constant distraction for him, which gets to the point where that strong emotion of hate starts to cross the line.

    - Written by Huggo
  • Johnny, a professional gambler becomes the right hand of Ballin, the owner of an illegal casino in Buenos Aires. This post becomes stressful, when Ballin marries Gilda, the ex-friend of Johnny. She is having affairs with others, and Johnny has to do a lot that Ballin doesn't get informed about. Due to some other illegal things Ballin does, he has to leave Argentina in a way that he seems to be dead for everybody. After this Johnny marries Gilda, but not because he loves her, but because he wants to punish her for not being faithful to Ballin. But things are not going the way Johnny has planned.

    - Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>
  • A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer.

    - Written by Noah Orent


Johnny Farrell ( ) is in Buenos Aires playing dice with locals. Soon someone holds a gun to his head...

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