The Loves of Carmen (1948)

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A beautiful but amoral gypsy girl entices a young dragoon to betray his honor and get cashiered from the service, and for her sake he soon turns to a life of crime.



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Complete credited cast:
Ron Randell ...
Arnold Moss ...
Joseph Buloff ...
Margaret Wycherly ...
Old Crone
Bernard Nedell ...
John Baragrey ...


Following the plot of the opera, "Carmen," this story follows the wild gypsy's adventures as a siren and bandit. Carmen lures an innocent soldier to his ruin, getting him expelled from the army. He then turns to banditry, killing Carmen's husband and others. All this makes for an unhappy ending with the innocent repenting his sins and dying for them. Written by Ed Lorusso

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A story of beauty and and hate...splendor and shame...


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Release Date:

23 August 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Liebesnächte in Sevilla  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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Rita Hayworth's brother, Vernon Cansino, played one of the Dragoon soldiers that helps Don Jose escort her to prison. See more »


After Don Jose helps Carmen down from the wall, several oranges fall near her feet. The next shot shows him grabbing the oranges scattered a little way from her feet. See more »


Dancaire: [to José] You don't like us, do you? We fill you with disgust. We're the symbol of your degradation.
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Version of Carmen (1984) See more »


The Love of a Gypsy (Amor di Gitano)
Written by Morris Stoloff and Fred Karger
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Anita Ellis
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Gorgeous romantic melodrama
14 August 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Ah, too bad they don't make like these anymore! Beautiful, much-missed (by me!) old Technicolor helps to create both romantic, pristine 19th century Spain which never was and romantic, enchanting beauty of Carmen. She is gorgeous, entertaining and artificial with red hair (shouldn't it be dark?), red flowers and black mantilla. There is also sometimes delicious 1940's dialogue (by Helen Deutsch who also wrote great 1955 Cinderella movie Glass slipper). Carmen is a gypsy version of Scarlett O'Hara, rotten apple with no compassion to anyone - and she really likes to spit! - although it is easy to sympathize her desire not to give her heart to any of the supposedly innocent but actually brain-between-legs admirers around her. They offer shallow, "pure" love while being sex-obsessed, abusive boors: general hits his servant, Carmen's charms make every man to follow her like dog in heat, Carmen tells that wife-beating is rampant in village... Don't get me me wrong, Carmen needed good tongue-lashing, but good and evil are really blurring in this extremely well-made (thanks to virtues of old studio system!) melodrama.

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