name = Gilda

caption = Theatrical poster
director = Charles Vidor
producer = Virginia Van Upp
writer = Screenplay: Jo Eisinger Marion Parsonnet Story: E.A. Ellington
starring = Rita Hayworth Glenn Ford George Macready Joseph Calleia Steven Geray
music = Hugo Friedhofer
cinematography = Rudolph Maté
editing = Charles Nelson
distributor = Columbia Pictures
released = February 14 1946 (U.S.A.)
runtime = 110 minutes
country = United States
language = English
budget =
amg_id = 1:19773
imdb_id = 0038559|

"Gilda" (1946) is a black-and-white film noir directed by Charles Vidor. It stars Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth in her signature role as the ultimate "femme fatale." The film was noted for cinematographer Rudolph Mate's lush photography, costume designer Jean Louis' sexy wardrobe for Hayworth (particularly for the dance numbers), and choreographer Jack Cole's staging of "Put the Blame on Mame" and "Amado Mío." [imdb title|id=0038559|title=Gilda.]


In Buenos Aires, Argentina, small-time hood Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) craps and wins a lot of money. He is then rescued by stranger Ballin Mundson (George Macready) from a robbery attempt. Mundson invites him to an illegal high-class casino, but warns him not to try cheating there. Farrell ignores his advice and is taken by two men to see the casino's owner, who turns out to be Farrell's benefactor. Farrell talks Mundson into hiring him and quickly earns his confidence. However, the snobbish washroom attendant, Uncle Pio (Steven Geray), keeps calling him "peasant".

One day, Mundson returns from a trip with a beautiful new wife, singer Gilda (Rita Hayworth). Unaware that she was once Farrell’s lover, Mundson assigns Farrell to keep an eye on her. Farrell keeps track of her cavorting with men at all hours of the night, his loathing for her intensifying.

Meanwhile, Mundson is visited by two Nazis. Their secret organization had financed a tungsten cartel, with everything put in Mundson's name to hide their connection to it. However, when they decide it is safe to take over, Mundson refuses to transfer ownership to his backers. The Argentine secret police is interested in the Germans; agent Obregon (Joseph Calleia) introduces himself to Farrell to try to obtain information, but the American knows nothing. The Nazis return later, with no better results; Mundson shoots and kills one of them.

That same night, at Mundson's house, Farrell and Gilda describe how much they hate each other, then end up kissing. Mundson arrives at that moment, then flees to a waiting airplane. Farrell and Obregon witness its short flight; the plane explodes shortly after takeoff and plummets into the water.

With Mundson dead, Gilda inherits his estate. Farrell marries her, but not out of love. He stays away, but has her guarded day and night out of hatred and also loyalty to Mundson. Gilda tries to escape the tortured love/hate relationship, but fails. Finally, Obregon tells Farrell that Gilda was never truly unfaithful to Mundson or to him, prompting Farrell to try to reconcile with her.

At that moment, Mundson reappears, armed with a gun. He had faked his death to deceive the Nazis, parachuting out of the plane undetected. Mundson tells them he will have to kill them both, but Uncle Pio manages to fatally stab him in the back. Obregon shows up and confiscates the estate for the government. Farrell and Gilda are free to leave the country.


"Gilda" was filmed between September and December, 1945.

Hayworth's introductory scene was shot twice. While the action of her popping her head into the frame and the subsequent dialogue remains the same, she is dressed in different costumes--in a striped blouse and dark skirt in one film print, and the more famous off-the-shoulder dressing gown in the other.

Costume designer Jean Louis based Hayworth's famous black satin, strapless "Mame" gown on painter John Singer Sargent's "Portrait of Madame X".


* Rita Hayworth as Gilda Mundson Farrell
* Glenn Ford as Johnny Farrell / Narrator
* George Macready as Ballin Mundson
* Joseph Calleia as Det. Maurice Obregon
* Steven Geray as Uncle Pio
* Joe Sawyer as Casey
* Gerald Mohr as Capt. Delgado
* Mark Roberts as Gabe Evans
* Ludwig Donath as German
* Don Douglas as Thomas Langford
* Lionel Royce as German
* Saul Martell as Little man
* George J. Lewis as Huerta
* Rosa Rey as Maria



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