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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 learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer.

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Complete credited cast:
... Gilda
... Johnny Farrell
... Ballin Mundson
... Det. Maurice Obregon
... Uncle Pio
... Casey
... Capt. Delgado
... Gabe Evans (as Robert Scott)
... German Cartel Member
... Thomas Langford (as Don Douglas)
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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>

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25 April 1946 (USA)  »

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Seytanin kizi Gilda  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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In the years since the film's release, many have noticed the strong indication in the final lines and situations of a homosexual undercurrent existing between Johnny and Ballin. Upon hearing of the interpretation, Charles Vidor reportedly said, "Really? I never had any idea those boys were supposed to be like that!" Glenn Ford has also acknowledged the gay subtext, "But it never occurred to us at the time we were filming." See more »

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The New York Blizzard happened in 1888, not 1886 as Gilda sings. See more »

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[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 Quiéreme (2007) See more »

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Amado Mio
by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Anita Ellis) (uncredited)
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A fusion of sexual heat, jealousy, fear and hatred - terrific stuff!
25 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Johnny is a small time, but talented, hustler who finds himself at the wrong end of a gun on the dark back streets of Buenos Aires. He is rescued by a mysterious and controlling stranger, Ballin Mundson, who ends up being the owner of a club/casino that operates under the radar of the law. Johnny and Ballin form a close partnership with Johnny being the "man who runs the joint" and Ballin the Master. When Ballin takes a short leave and comes back married to the gorgeous Gilda, a threesome develops that puts a strain on the partnership. There is a burning mutual dislike between Johnny and Gilda. When Gilda feigns ignorance over not remembering his name, she coyly replies, "Johnny. So hard to remember . . . and so easy to forget." Of course there's much more to their acquaintance than they are willing to acknowledge, and a fusion of sexual heat, jealousy, fear and hatred keep the tension tightly wound which fuels the film. And of course there is Rita Hayworth up front and center. All the accolades that have been showered on her sexy "striptease" interpretation of "Put the Blame on Mame" are true! And still this film has much more to offer; an economical but effective story line; a tight witty script loaded with innuendo; and superb acting all around, especially the overlooked icy performance of George Macready as Ballin Mundson.


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