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The Loves of Carmen (1948)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Music | 23 August 1948 (USA)
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.


Charles Vidor


Helen Deutsch (screenplay), Prosper Mérimée (based upon the story of "Carmen" by)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Rita Hayworth ... Carmen
Glenn Ford ... Don José Lizarabengoa
Ron Randell ... Andrés
Victor Jory ... García
Luther Adler ... Dancaire
Arnold Moss ... Colonel
Joseph Buloff ... Remendado
Margaret Wycherly ... Old Crone
Bernard Nedell ... Pablo
John Baragrey ... Lucas


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 savagery...love and hate...splendor and shame...


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Glenn Ford's son confessed in the book about his father that, after the shooting was completed, Rita Hayworth discovered that she was pregnant from him, and then went to France, Neuilly American Hospital, to get an abortion. Glenn Ford learned it much later. 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 »


Colonel: No doubt you've heard that life is present in this regiment. That's a fashionable catch-all for young men of good family with no talents to speak of. That we're called the gay policemen because we do little more than stand guard here and there a few hours a day and keep the peace, such as it is in Seville. The rest of the time, you may have heard...
Don José Lizarabengoa: Oh, no, sir.
Colonel: The rest of the time is spent in the consumption of great quantities of wine and gambling and making love to the girls in the cigarette ...
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Version of Kokkino-mavro Carmen (1987) 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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Very underrated
11 March 2004 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A movie that far outdoes its meager reputation. It reunites Gilda's stars, Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth, in a Spanish adventure based on the original novel Carmen, on which Bizet's opera is based. The story is extremely melodramatic, of course, but it's endlessly entertaining. Glenn Ford is pretty good as a nobleman who throws everything away for the love of his gypsy woman, Carmen. And Hayworth is as scorching as ever, even though her hair is brown. For those who love classic Hollywood opulence, this is definitely your movie. The film is in truly glorious Technicolor, some of the most beautiful cinematography of its era. The costumes, art direction, and music (none of it based on Bizet) are exceptional. The Loves of Carmen deserves better than it has gotten. 9/10.

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Release Date:

23 August 1948 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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