- Director: Charles Vidor
- Writer: E.A. Ellington; Jo Eisinger
- Producer: Virginia Van Upp
Loaded to the rafters with innuendo, at its core is latent homosexuality with a touch of bisexuality thrown in for good measure, quite daring - due to the restrictive production code of the era.
Haywood dazzles the screen amid the noir.
The back story is merely hinted at and is fascinating in trying to explain what is actually happening.
Ford is actually perfect with his schoolboy [good] looks scarred with a menacing edge.
The only problem with the film is that it seems to ends so suddenly - ultimately, leaving you rather unsatisfied.
That said, it's a beautiful film, beautifully crafted but, sadly, unfulfilling.
Still, it is a classic of the noir genre and a definite must-see, despite its lousy ending.
Just arrived in Argentina, small-time crooked gambler Johnny Farrell is saved from a gunman by sinister Ballin Mundson, who later makes Johnny his right-hand man. But their friendship based on mutual lack of scruples is strained when Mundson returns from a trip with a wife: the supremely desirable Gilda, whom Johnny once knew and learned to hate. The relationship of Johnny and Gilda, a battlefield of warring emotions, becomes even more bizarre after Mundson disappears...