• Gilda
  • Gilda


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Director: Charles Vidor

Cast: Charles Vidor, Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready


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Up until November of 2000, Charles Vidor's Gilda had not been served well, except by history. One of the most stylish examples of '40s film noir, it had a reputation for decades of being essential, as well as utterly entertaining viewing. It was Rita Hayworth's defining role, and featured Glenn Ford's cockiest portrayal ever, as well as a fascinating…  See more details below


Up until November of 2000, Charles Vidor's Gilda had not been served well, except by history. One of the most stylish examples of '40s film noir, it had a reputation for decades of being essential, as well as utterly entertaining viewing. It was Rita Hayworth's defining role, and featured Glenn Ford's cockiest portrayal ever, as well as a fascinating performance by George Macready. The problem was that from the '60s through the mid-'90s, viewing the movie was a genuine chore. Existing prints seemed flat in both image and sound, and the RCA/Columbia laserdisc, theoretically the best way to screen the film, was so soft as to seem out of focus much of the time. This DVD from Columbia-TriStar makes up for that multitude of sins committed against the movie, which is now a joy to look at. The UCLA film department has done a superb job of restoring the film to its original luster, and when Rita Hayworth's character pops into the shot 18 minutes into the movie, her hair, skin, and smile are all seemingly aglow, while every puff of smoke from her cigarette is visible, even in the wide shots. The audio track has also been improved significantly, with much higher volume levels and more distinct resolution. The film would be enjoyable enough to watch in this condition, but the producers have seen fit to append an enjoyable if very sketchy documentary, "Rita Hayworth: The Columbia Girl," which includes shots from some of her best movies, including Cover Girl and The Lady From Shanghai (the film is too short and ends much too abruptly to be taken seriously). Trailers are included for this film and a handful of others currently in release from Columbia-TriStar. More informative is an uncredited essay on the insert that tells of the film's production history and how the producers only added the musical numbers (i.e. "Put the Blame on Mame") after the film was completed. Gilda is divided into 28 chapters that break it down very nicely, identifying all of the key plot events and highlights.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Legendary Hollywood sex symbol Rita Hayworth is at her most alluring in Gilda, a delightfully kitschy melodrama that remains this former dancing girl's best-remembered star vehicle. Ravishing in slinky evening gowns, Rita plays the lusty wife of South American casino owner George Macready, whose shady side operations include tungsten smuggling. Right-hand man Glenn Ford, something of a gambler himself, takes a big chance when he succumbs to Rita's considerable charms under the watchful eye of her suspicious husband. The film's oft-shown highlight is Hayworth's celebrated striptease (more tease than strip) performed to the strains of "Put the Blame on Mame," an enjoyably trashy little ditty. Charles Vidor, who also directed Hayworth in the Technicolor tunefests Cover Girl and Loves of Carmen, never lets the occasionally overwrought story of international intrigue overshadow his sultry star, never sexier than she is here.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
There never was a noir woman like Rita Hayworth in the title role of Charles Vidor's stylish Gilda (1946), the film that sealed her reputation as the leading 1940s love goddess. As the hair-tossing female caught between Glenn Ford's Johnny and George Macready's Ballen, Hayworth's Gilda is as much put-upon victim as temptress, an interloper in the relationship between Ballen and Johnny. Their initial meeting and master-servant relationship, sprinkled with significant glances, imply that Johnny is as much Ballen's object of desire as is Gilda, plumbing the literally shadowy depths of film noir's sexual perversity as much as the Production Code allowed, and adding an extra twist to the tortured Johnny-Gilda union after Ballen's faked death. Still, it is Gilda who suffers most for exuding the sexuality that entices Johnny and Ballen, lending a knowing edge to her famed performance of "Put the Blame on Mame" clad in lustrous black satin, suggesting a full striptease by removing a glove. That sequence became a signature star moment for Hayworth, and established Gilda as a noteworthy work of erotically charged film noir, despite the Code-friendly, good-girl ending.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Dolby Digital Mono]

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and video; Full-screen presentation; Audio: English [mono], French, Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Exclusive featurette: "Rita Hayworth: The Columbia Lady"; Vintage advertising; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Interactive menus; Prouduction notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rita Hayworth Gilda Mundson
Glenn Ford Johnny Farrell
George Macready Ballin Mundson
Joseph Calleia Obregon
Steven Geray Uncle Pio
Joe Sawyer Casey
Gerald Mohr Capt. Delgado
Robert Scott Gabe Evans
Ludwig Donath German
Donald Douglas Thomas Langford
Lionel Royce German Agent
S.Z. Martel Little Man
George Lewis Huerta
Rosa Rey Maria
Paul Bradley Actor
Jack Del Rio Cashier
Cosmo Sardo Actor
Robert Stevens Man at Masquerade
John Tyrrell Bits
Jerry DeCastro Doorman
Oscar Loraine Frenchman
Ralph Navarro Waiter
Ruth Roman Bit Part
Sam Appel Black Jack Dealer
Sam Ash Gambler
Nina Bara Girl at carnival
Eugene Borden Dealer
Argentina Brunetti Woman
Jack Chefe Assistant croupier
Jean de Briac Frenchman
Leander de Cordova Servant
Jean del Val Man
Carli Elinor Waiter
Fernanda Eliscu Bendolin's wife
Herbert Evans Englishman
Sam Flint American
Fred Godoy Bartender
Lew Harvey Policeman
Ted Hecht Social citizen
Ernest Hilliard Man
George Humbert Italian
Robert Kellard Man
Frank Leigh Man
Leon Lenoir Croupiers
Frank Leyva Argentine
Herman Marks Waiter
Alphonse Martell Croupier
John Merton Policeman
Forbes Murray American
Alfred Paix Waiter
Joseph Palmas Waiter
Albert Pollet Assistant croupier
George Sorel Assistant croupier
Robert Tafur Clerk
Philip Van Zandt Man
Erno Verebes Dealer
Russ Vincent Escort
Eduardo Ciannelli Bendolin
Rodolfo Hoyos Peasant Man

Technical Credits
Charles Vidor Director
Arthur S. Black Asst. Director
Clay Campbell Makeup
Jack Cole Choreography
Lambert Day Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Eisinger Screenwriter
Doris Fisher Score Composer
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Rudolph Maté Cinematographer
Charles Nelson Editor
Marion Parsonnet Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Marlin Skiles Musical Direction/Supervision
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Virginia van Upp Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:32]
2. Saving Johnny's Life [4:03]
3. The Casino [8:16]
4. Promoted [2:25]
5. Mrs. Mundson [9:26]
6. Drinks & Dancing [7:56]
7. An Exciting Emotion [3:18]
8. Lonely & Frustrated [3:24]
9. The Bar-Nothing [1:09]
10. Defenseless One [5:47]
11. Thought Associations [2:56]
12. "Put the Blame on Mame" [:22]
13. The Laundry [2:04]
14. Nervous [3:54]
15. Pre-party Guests [2:40]
16. Carnival Party [7:31]
17. Home Alone [8:07]
18. Suicide? [3:15]
19. Carrying On [1:48]
20. Faithful in Death [1:56]
21. The Arrangement [2:33]
22. Swallowing Her Pride [1:18]
23. "Amado Mio" [4:19]
24. Trusting Tom [5:04]
25. "Put the Blame on Mame" [3:06]
26. Under Arrest [3:26]
27. Both Such Stinkers [3:59]
28. Ballin Returns [1:18]


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