Rita Hayworth (Gilda Mundson), Glenn
Ford (Johnny Farrell), George Macready (Ballin Mundson), Joseph Calleia (Obregon), Steven Geray (Uncle Pio)
Classic film-noir, perhaps given even more immortality by its
homage in The Shawshank Redemption, although it's Rita Hayworth's scintillating performance which holds up better than the 1940's dialogue.
Glenn Ford gives one of his finest performances as the male
lead, Johnny Farrell, a gambler who starts working for a casino owner in South America and makes the startling discovery that his old flame, Gilda, is now married to his dangerous new
The beautiful Gilda, quite enjoys playing her games with her
two love interests, as well as the audience, as her mere appearance lights up every scene she's in, particularly her smoking hot introduction, which has become an iconic cinema moment in
The plot is clearly trying to emulate Casablanca, which is
where it finds its shortcomings, and though some of the elements feel bound to the period, it still has to be considered a golden age classic of the genre.