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Release Date:
29 September 1954 (USA) See more »
A girl with many ideas . . . and a man for each ! See more »
At Maria Vargas' funeral, several people recall who she was and the impact she had on them. Harry Dawes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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A great Hollywood morality tale See more (74 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Humphrey Bogart ... Harry Dawes

Ava Gardner ... Maria Vargas

Edmond O'Brien ... Oscar Muldoon
Marius Goring ... Alberto Bravano

Valentina Cortese ... Eleanora Torlato-Favrini (as Valentina Cortesa)

Rossano Brazzi ... Count Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini

Elizabeth Sellars ... Jerry

Warren Stevens ... Kirk Edwards
Franco Interlenghi ... Pedro Vargas
Mari Aldon ... Myrna
Alberto Rabagliati ... Proprietor
Enzo Staiola ... Busboy
Maria Zanoli ... Maria's Mother
Renato Chiantoni ... Maria's Father
Bill Fraser ... J. Montague Brown
John Parrish ... Mr. Max Black
Jim Gérald ... Mr. Blue (as Jim Gerald)
Diana Decker ... Drunken Blonde
Riccardo Rioli ... Gypsy Dancer
Tonio Selwart ... Pretender
Margaret Anderson ... Pretender's Wife
Gertrude Flynn ... Lulu McGee
John Horne ... Hector Eubanks

Bessie Love ... Mrs. Eubanks
Robert Christopher ... Eddie Blake (as Bob Christopher)
Anna Maria Padoan ... Chambermaid (as Anna Maria Paduan)
Carlo Dale ... Chauffeur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Olga San Juan ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz 
Writing credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (written by)

Produced by
Robert Haggiag .... associate producer
Angelo Rizzoli .... associate producer
Franco Magli .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Mario Nascimbene 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (photography)
Film Editing by
William Hornbeck 
Set Decoration by
Arrigo Equini (settings)
Costume Design by
Fontana (gowns)
Rosi Gori (uncredited)
Production Management
Forrest E. Johnston .... manager of production
Franco Magli .... associate manager of production
Michal Waszynski .... associate manager of production (as Michael Waszynski)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Vorhaus .... assistant director (as Piero Mussetta)
Art Department
Italo Tomassi .... manager of art department (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles Knott .... sound recordist
Peter Davies .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Claude Hitchcock .... boom operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Other crew
David Hanna .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Margo Lorenz .... stand-in: Ava Gardner (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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128 min | 130 min (dvd release) (TCM print)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

The character of Maria Vargas is said to be based on Rita Hayworth, who was actually offered the part. Hayworth was a Latina who later married a prince, Prince Aly Khan. However, some elements were taken from Ava Gardner's life as well. The stormy relationship between Maria and the tycoon movie producer Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens) is based on Gardner's own relationship with billionaire film producer Howard Hughes.See more »
Continuity: When Harry first meets Maria in her dressing room, her blouse alternates between being on her right shoulder and then down on her arm.See more »
Myrna:I'm a frightened tramp.See more »


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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A great Hollywood morality tale, 18 February 2003
Author: perfectbond

This film covers a lot of the same themes as Sunset Boulevard, though in my opinion that film is more riveting than this one. It's hard to believe Bogart got top billing for this one since this film clearly revolves around Ava Gardner's Maria Vargas. In fact I think you could plug practically anyone world-weary and haggard into Bogart's role and the film wouldn't lose much. I guess they felt they needed his starpower to sell the movie. He just doesn't have much to do in this film. On the other hand Edmond O'Brien is truly memorable as the sweaty publicist. He deserved the Oscar he got for the role. Maria's relationship with Count Favrini seemed a bit rushed but not to the point that it is totally unbelieveable. Afterall Maria's whole life is supposed to be a fairy tale. I wish somehow they could've developed the role of Kirk Edwards. He came across as one-dimensional. This film being so old, there is no commentary to explain the purpose for this or whether it was by design at all. Despite my complaints, I still enjoyed the film and appreciated its message, 8/10.

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