In the story of Gilda, Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) goes to work for Ballin Mundson (George MacReady), the proprietor of an illegal gambling casino in a South American city, and quickly rises to become Mundson's "main man". All is well until Mundson returns from a trip with his new bride, Gilda - a woman from Johnny's past. Mundson, unaware of the previous love affair, assigns Farrell the job of ensuring that Gilda is a faithful wife. Fraught with hatred, Gilda does her best to antagonize, intimidate, and instill jealousy in Farrell - until circumstances allow him to get even.
Febrile South American Melodrama.
- Gilda review by Steve Mason
Highly charged, erotic film noir, with moody Glenn Ford and sexy Rita Hayworth irresistibly fated to destroy each other. Rita singing Put the Blame on Mame is sensational. An exotic treat, almost to the end.