THERE NEVER WAS A WOMAN LIKE GILDA!
This is what you expect from a good Hollywood film-noir thriller – dark shadows, a claustrophobic atmosphere, dangerous dames and hard-faced men. Tension builds due to the shady dealings of Ballin Mundson (George Macready), a South American casino owner, but mostly because of the doomed three-way relationship between the main characters. Director King Vidor’s study of the human nature is a minor classic; well made but not very original. Glenn Ford did his first major effort as the gambler who happens to reunite with a person who is trouble. That’s Rita Hayworth, doing the most memorable character of her career, as a dangerously sexy temptress.
1946-U.S. 110 min. B/W. Produced by Virginia Van Upp. Directed by Charles Vidor. Screenplay: Marion Parsonnet. Cinematography: Rudolph Maté. Song: ”Put The Blame On Mame” (Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts). Cast: Rita Hayworth (Gilda Mundson), Glenn Ford (Johnny Farrel), George Macready (Ballin Mundson), Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray.
Quote: “You haven’t been around lately. I thought maybe you were an amnesia victim or something.” (Hayworth to Ford)