Gilda (1946)

108 or 110 mins | Film noir | 25 April 1946

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HISTORY

The opening onscreen credits read "Columbia Pictures Corporation presents Rita Hayworth as Gilda." According to a Mar 1945 LAEx news item, Edmund Goulding was intially slated to direct the picture. "Gilda" was Hayworth's first major dramatic role for Columbia and a watershed in her career, as it forever marked her as a femme fatale . According to a Jun 1946 NYT news item, her performance was so impressive that atomic scientists on the Bikini Atoll named an atomic bomb "Gilda" and painted Hayworth's picture on it. A Mar 1971 NYT news item states that Robert Schiffer created Hayworth's makeup for the film.
       Modern sources note that producer Virginia Van Upp developed the story of Gilda for Hayworth. Modern sources add that although Anita Ellis dubbed most of Hayworth's singing in the film, Hayworth actually sang the acoustic guitar version of "Put the Blame on Mame." This picture marked Glenn Ford's return to the screen after a four-year absence due to military service. The film also marked the motion picture debut of Buenos Aries-born character actress Argentina Brunetti (1907--2005).
       According to a Sep 1945 NYT news item, Gilda was originally written as an American gangster story, but was switched to Buenos Aires because of opposition from the Breen Office. The film sparked riots in Rio de Janiero because of inflated admission prices, according to a Sep 1946 HR news item. An Apr 1946 HR news item noted that director Charles Vidor sued Columbia for terminating his contract after the completion of this film. For further information about ... More Less

The opening onscreen credits read "Columbia Pictures Corporation presents Rita Hayworth as Gilda." According to a Mar 1945 LAEx news item, Edmund Goulding was intially slated to direct the picture. "Gilda" was Hayworth's first major dramatic role for Columbia and a watershed in her career, as it forever marked her as a femme fatale . According to a Jun 1946 NYT news item, her performance was so impressive that atomic scientists on the Bikini Atoll named an atomic bomb "Gilda" and painted Hayworth's picture on it. A Mar 1971 NYT news item states that Robert Schiffer created Hayworth's makeup for the film.
       Modern sources note that producer Virginia Van Upp developed the story of Gilda for Hayworth. Modern sources add that although Anita Ellis dubbed most of Hayworth's singing in the film, Hayworth actually sang the acoustic guitar version of "Put the Blame on Mame." This picture marked Glenn Ford's return to the screen after a four-year absence due to military service. The film also marked the motion picture debut of Buenos Aries-born character actress Argentina Brunetti (1907--2005).
       According to a Sep 1945 NYT news item, Gilda was originally written as an American gangster story, but was switched to Buenos Aires because of opposition from the Breen Office. The film sparked riots in Rio de Janiero because of inflated admission prices, according to a Sep 1946 HR news item. An Apr 1946 HR news item noted that director Charles Vidor sued Columbia for terminating his contract after the completion of this film. For further information about that suit see The Man from Colorado (below). According to a 1975 LAEx news item, Columbia considered remaking the film in 1975. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
23 Mar 1946.
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Daily Variety
13 Mar 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Mar 46
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Sep 45
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Mar 46
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Mar 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Mar 46
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Apr 1946.
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Hollywood Reporter
9 Sep 46
p. 10.
Los Angeles Examiner
23 Mar 1946.
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Los Angeles Examiner
14 Aug 1975.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Dec 45
p. 2776.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Mar 46
p. 2907.
New York Times
16 Sep 1945.
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New York Times
15 Mar 46
p. 27.
New York Times
30 Jun 1946.
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New York Times
4 Mar 1971.
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Variety
20 Mar 46
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus dir
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Matte paintings, cam
Miniatures and spec optical eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to prod
Research dir
Research dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Put the Blame On Mame" and "Amado Mio," words and music by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 April 1946
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 14 March 1946
Production Date:
4 September--10 December 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 April 1946
Copyright Number:
LP252
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
108 or 110
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11235
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Johnny Farrell, a callous young gambler new to the Argentine, is held up in a dark alleyway by a thief who demands his money or his life, a sinister man steps from the shadows and banishes the robber with a knife he has concealed in his walking stick. The man then directs Johnny to a posh Buenos Aires casino, where he then enjoys a winning streak. Johnny is cashing in his chips when he is summoned to the office. There, he is met by the man from the alley who, after introducing himself as Ballin Mundson, the owner of the casino, accuses Johnny of cheating. When Johnny proposes that he work for the casino, Ballin hires him with the warning that gambling and women don't mix. Johnny quickly wins Ballin's confidence, and one day, soon after the end of World War II, Ballin grimly informs Johnny that he is leaving on a trip and appoints Johnny casino manager. Several weeks later, Ballin returns, beaming, and introduces Johnny to his alluring new wife, Gilda. Johnny is stunned to discover that Ballin has married his erstwhile sweetheart, the woman he now loathes as much as he once loved. Although Ballin is unaware of their former relationship, Uncle Pio, the philosophical washroom attendant, senses their passion. That night, Obregon, an agent of the secret police and a constant observer at the casino, introduces himself to Johnny. As Ballin holds a disagreeable meeting with two Germans, Gilda flirts with one of the customers, thus inflaming her husband's jealousy. Gilda and Johnny's hostile repartee finally prompts Ballin to suspect their previous alliance, and he cruelly ... +


When Johnny Farrell, a callous young gambler new to the Argentine, is held up in a dark alleyway by a thief who demands his money or his life, a sinister man steps from the shadows and banishes the robber with a knife he has concealed in his walking stick. The man then directs Johnny to a posh Buenos Aires casino, where he then enjoys a winning streak. Johnny is cashing in his chips when he is summoned to the office. There, he is met by the man from the alley who, after introducing himself as Ballin Mundson, the owner of the casino, accuses Johnny of cheating. When Johnny proposes that he work for the casino, Ballin hires him with the warning that gambling and women don't mix. Johnny quickly wins Ballin's confidence, and one day, soon after the end of World War II, Ballin grimly informs Johnny that he is leaving on a trip and appoints Johnny casino manager. Several weeks later, Ballin returns, beaming, and introduces Johnny to his alluring new wife, Gilda. Johnny is stunned to discover that Ballin has married his erstwhile sweetheart, the woman he now loathes as much as he once loved. Although Ballin is unaware of their former relationship, Uncle Pio, the philosophical washroom attendant, senses their passion. That night, Obregon, an agent of the secret police and a constant observer at the casino, introduces himself to Johnny. As Ballin holds a disagreeable meeting with two Germans, Gilda flirts with one of the customers, thus inflaming her husband's jealousy. Gilda and Johnny's hostile repartee finally prompts Ballin to suspect their previous alliance, and he cruelly offers a toast, wishing disaster to the "wench" who wronged Johnny. After Ballin appoints Johnny as Gilda's watchdog, Gilda taunts him by continuing her flirtations with other men. Ballin, who covertly controls a tungsten cartel, is visited one day by a man he has driven out of business. After Ballin ignores his entreaties, the man fires a gun at Ballin, misses and then shoots himself as Obregon silently watches. Questioned by Johnny about the incident, Ballin shows him the safe he has hidden in his office and provides him with the combination. As Johnny continues to hide Gilda's indiscretions, his hatred toward her deepens. One night, Gilda admits to Johnny that she married Ballin on the rebound from him, but her confidence only inflames his fury. On the night of the big carnival, two Germans burst into Johnny's office and demand to see Ballin, and Ballin agrees to meet them in one hour. Superstitious, Gilda portends doom, and later, Obregon warns Johnny of impending trouble. Later that night at the casino, Ballin murders one of the Germans, while at the Mundson house, Gilda seductively dances with Johnny. As they embrace, the door slams and Johnny glimpses Ballin running down the stairs and speeding away in his car. Johnny follows Ballin, who is also pursued by Obregon. As they race onto the beach, Obregon and Johnny see Ballin board a small plane that explodes soon after takeoff. Unknown to them, Ballin has staged the explosion and parachutes from the craft to the safety of a waiting launch. With Ballin's presumed death, Johnny weds Gilda, who has inherited her husband's estate, and assumes control of the cartel. Johnny, who has married Gilda for revenge, refuses to live with her but makes her his captive, assigning his thugs to guard her day and night. One day, a German visits Johnny and asks for the return of the tungsten patents, explaining that the Nazis allowed Ballin to buy the patents as a front and now want them back, but Johnny refuses. Slowly realizing that she is a virtual prisoner, Gilda flees to Montevideo to file for divorce. There she is advised by Tom Langford, an attorney seemingly smitten by her charms, to return to Buenos Aires and file for an annulment instead. Gilda follows his advice, but upon arriving in Buenos Aires, she finds Johnny in her hotel room and realizes that Langford is in his employ. Defeated, Gilda performs a drunken dance of seduction onstage at the casino while Obregon counsels Johnny to turn over the patents to the police and reconcile with Gilda. When Obregon discloses that Gilda's infidelity was only an act to torment Johnny, Johnny contritely approaches her to apologize. Just then, Ballin appears and accuses them of betrayal. As Ballin trains his gun on them, Uncle Pio stabs him in the back with his own walking stick. Obregon magnanimously declares the killing self- defense, thus freeing Gilda and Johnny to leave the country and begin life anew. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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