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Gilda (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 25 April 1946 (USA)
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A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino discovers his employer's new wife is his former lover.


Charles Vidor


E.A. Ellington (story), Jo Eisinger (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Rita Hayworth ... Gilda
Glenn Ford ... Johnny Farrell
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)


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>

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Did You Know?


The photo of Johnny Farrell as a baby is a picture of Glenn Ford's real-life son, Peter Ford. See more »


When Farrell asks to cut the deck at the blackjack table, he is shown shuffling the deck. 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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Referenced in American Experience: Radio Bikini (1988) See more »


Put the Blame on Mame
by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Anita Ellis) (uncredited)
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Decent Hayworth and the Intense Ford
26 December 2017 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

You're out of practice, aren't you? Dancing, I mean... I could help you get in practice again, Johnny... Dancing, I mean."

As tawdry a film noir could get in 46. Not sure if it needed narration - or if they had to to have more of it - and then it gets too much in the second half. It also helps to check out the special features on the Criterion disc, in particular the segment with Eddie Muller. I had a sense that some thing is sort of 'off' with Farril and Ball in, which is what their connection is in this love triangle.

At first you think it is just the 'employee has a thing with his employers gal who used to date the employee, what are the odds'- but the pull from Johnny to this guy who *sounds* immediately like a Nazi (the actor was later in Paths of Glory) had the air of salacious tension. That it got by the censors or Hayes people is extraordinary; it's classy and steamy at once. It's also produced and co-written by women, and that gets reflected in how Hayworth is depicted: she's powerful and sexy, But her vulnerability and conflicts are even stronger and grow in pofundity; who is Gilda to Ballin, what is he to her, how is Johnny keeping his composure not exploding as he looks at her in every scene? Its not just eye candy, it's a real performance with depth. Ford matches her beat for beat in his own, and made his breakthrough by creating a performance with a ton of subtext and pain.

But goddamn does Hayworth make an all time masterpiece of a dame here, with an intense, mostly hot but almost nasty connection. Gilda also has the added benefit of getting more twisted and (for its time) sordid in the melodrama as it goes on, and Macready as the cold-blooded husband. All three work so well together, and this coupled with the whole sensual/dangerous mood to it all, how it is photographed by the great Rudolph Mate, and those songs that are fun cinematic set pieces first, like any good dance number, and iconic for their sexy allure second (the acoustic Blame on Mame is sweet too), and you got a minor classic.

Shame the end tops Woman in the Window for 'whaaaa?'ness

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Release Date:

25 April 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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