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With: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray, Joe Sawyer, Gerald Mohr
Written by: Jo Eisinger, Marion Parsonnet, from a story by E.A. Ellington
Directed by: Charles Vidor
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110
Date: 02/14/1946

Gilda (1946)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Good Hair Day

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

"This is the part where she does that shit with her hair," Morgan Freeman says breathlessly in The Shawshank Redemption. Not many red-blooded males can fail to be moved by that moment in Gilda (1946), when Rita Hayworth first appears, flipping her magnificent two-tone mane of hair through the frame, following it up with that dazzling, devilish smile. In the film, she was the ultimate femme fatale, luring men into her web with the promise of devastating sex and the reality of brutal death. Directed by Charles Vidor, Gilda tells the story of gambler Glenn Ford working for casino owner George MacReady. They both fall madly and dangerously in love with Gilda. Vidor, who was only a middling director at best, deserves some credit, but Hayworth ultimately steals the film, making it hers and hers alone. Screenwriter Ben Hecht reportedly wrote certain scenes, without credit.

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