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Gilda (Columbia 1946, Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford)

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Classic ’40s film noir Gilda stars RITA HAYWORTH as a seductive torch singer who raises the emotional temperature to dangerous heights when, she betrays her casino-owner husband and rekindles her former affair with his manager.

When Johnny Farrell (GLENN FORD) is attacked by thugs whom he has cheated with loaded dice on the Buenos Aires waterfront, he is saved by casino owner Ballin Mundson (GEORGE MACREADY) who subsequently offers him a job as a dealer. With the help of crafty washroom attendant Uncle Pio (STEVEN GERAY), Farrell rises to become the casino manager and Mundson’s confidant.

However, Farrell and Mundson’s beautiful wife Gilda (RITA HAYWORTH) had once been lovers: she had ended the affair. Mundson soon senses that the two knew each other previously and assigns Farrell to see that Gilda stays out of trouble. Then Mundson, working for an international Nazi-dominated organisation kills a German agent, escapes by plane, and is supposedly killed ln a crash. Gilda and Farrell marry – but Mundson, who is not dead, returns to confront and kill them both – but Uncle Pio intervenes…

This now classic Forties film noir was attacked by critics on its initial release: not for the first time, paying audiences begged to differ from the people who saw films free and Gilda became one of the most financially successful movies of the year. Now it can be seen to be one of the most fascinating thrillers of its era and a landmark movie which made Hayworth a superstar and one of Hollywood’s most durable sex queens.

classic quote
There never was a woman like Gilda!

production details
USA | Columbia | 110 minutes | 1946

Writer: Marion Parssenet
Adapted by Jo Eisinger
Story: E. A. Ellington
Cinematography: Rudolph Maye
Producer: Virginia Van Upp
Director: Charles Vidor

cast
Glenn Ford as Johnny Farrell
Joe Sawyer as Casey
Gerald Mohr as Capt. Delgado
Joseph Calleia as Maurice Obregon
Rita Hayworth as Gilda Mundson Farrell
George Macready as Ballin Mundson
Steven Geray as Uncle Pio
Mark Roberts as Gabe Evans
Ludwig Donath as German Cartel Member
Donald Douglas as Thomas Langford
Ed Haskett as Gambler (uncredited)

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