Monday, September 10, 2012

196. Gilda

Directed by Charles Vidor

All right, now that is not even fair.  No woman's armpit looks like that ever.  She is like one of those fembot Stepford Wives.  Please tell me your secret, dead Rita Hayworth.

Johnny Farrell is a former cheat that begins to work for a crooked casino owner, who just happens to be married to Johnny's ex lover.  Extreme sexual tension ensues.  We get some great iconic scenes like the performance of the song "Put the Blame on Mame" and the sexy hair flip.  I have tried to pull this off and said "I'm always decent."  I don't think it had the same effect.

This was a fun film for me to watch.  Rita Hayworth is absolutely gorgeous, which is reason enough to watch it.  I mean, I was drooling and I am straight.  Still, even without that, this was a solid romance and definitely worth its place on The List.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Rita broke two of Glenn Ford's teeth when she slapped him.

Rita would later say that "men would go to bed with Gilda and wake up with me."  That's incredibly sad!

Not her real singing voice.


  1. I loved this movie! She was so fun to watch, and I am always going to be a fan of the old femme fatales of the 1940's. I don't think you have to be sexually attracted to her to appreciate her.

  2. Ouch!
    I do think that's a bit harsh and sweepingly condemning - even if framed as a question...
    I like this film.. it's a great noir.

    That doesn't mean I am entranced by the character of Gilda, or even like her.
    Without creeping you out with details of what I find attractive in a woman. I can tell you I certainly do not have any sort of fantasy about women who look - or behave- like Gilda (or Rita Hayworth).
    Your point is valid .. that they are not real, I agree. And as such, don't get my attention - and certainly don't sexually attract me .. but that won't make me stop enjoying watching, and being a fan of (to quote Rachel) "the old femme fatales of the 1940's"
    I don't think that makes me a creep.

  3. I have no idea why I was so harsh with this one and I completely rewrote this review. I must have been in a bad mood that day. Sometimes reading these old reviews make me cringe. It is fun to discuss the older movies, but I definitely think I used to be a lot worse of a reviewer.

  4. Thanks! I had notice the post vanished.. now rewritten
    Hey, we all have bad days when we blurt out things we may regret.. and for us to drag back things you said ages ago is perhaps a little unfair of us.
    delighted to see you back with us with a good bunch of replies..

  5. In her 1940'es incarnations Rita Hayworth was absolutely gorgeous and I fell for her completely. This movie is pure sex. Definitely not PG rated.

    1. When she said "I'm decent" I questioned my own sexuality.

  6. So, now you've rewritten the review, does it still get just two stars?

    I thought this was good, but wasn't sure about the "Hey, it turns out that we're both good people after all" ending.