Day 17 of Noirvember: I’m Just Wild About Gilda
I discovered a few years ago that Gilda (1946), starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford, is one of those films that is simply mesmerizing to me. Whenever I happen across it, I have to watch it until the end. It’s coming on Tuesday night on TCM, and I’m really hoping I’m asleep before it starts, because if I’m not, you can bet that I’m going to be extra sleepy at work on Wednesday. Here’re some of the reasons why I love this movie so.
“Put the Blame on Mame.” I love the words and, even more, I love the way Hayworth puts it over. (And she looks like she was having such a good time, too!)
Glenn Ford is pretty darn sexy. I always thought he was a looker, but in Gilda, there’s just something extra about him. Especially when he puts on that tuxedo. Yowza.
The lines are the best! Like this one: “I can never get a zipper to close. Maybe that stands for something. What do you think?” And: “It amuses me to feed you beautiful things, because you eat with such a good appetite.” And: “Pardon me, but your husband is showing.”
George Macready, as Gilda’s husband, is at his bad-assed best. He’s smooth, suave, and oh-so-deadly.
Gilda’s iconic introduction to the audience – when her husband asks her if she’s decent, and she flips her mane of hair and asks, “Me?”
Rita Hayworth’s wardrobe is the bomb-dot-com. (As my daughter would say.) From that slinky black dress she wears in “Put the Blame on Mame” to that sexy western get-up she dons for carnival – everything she wore was eye-popping.
There’s never a dull moment. Either Johnny and Gilda are sniping at each other, or somebody’s trying to kill Ballin, or Ballin’s trying to kill somebody, or Uncle Pio is calling Johnny a peasant, or somebody’s getting slapped, or Gilda’s doing a strip tease – there’s always SOMETHING going on!
What do you love about Gilda? Watch it on Tuesday and count the ways!
And join me tomorrow for Day 18 of Noirvember!