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

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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2000
UPC: 0043396289994
Original Release: 1946
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 1,597

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

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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