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Gilda (1946)

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Hayworth is the whole show in a decent film noir that loses its attraction every time she disappears from the action – which is most of the time. The script had an uncredited assist from Ben Hecht but all you want to see and hear is Put the Blame on Mame. Don’t blame Glenn Ford. Maybe one of the more fascinating facts is that it was produced by Virginia Van Upp, who worked her way up to this position at Columbia (under Harry Cohn!) and had been writing since the mid-30s. Her last writing credit would reunite Ford and Hayworth in Affair in Trinidad in 1952 at which point the Cover Girl’s life was starting to unravel. Van Upp was one of just THREE women working as producers in Hollywood between 1943 and 1955 – the others were Joan Harrison (most famous for having started as Hitchcock’s script assistant) and Harriet Parsons (I Remember Mama, Clash By Night, Susan Slept Here – one of my Christmas movies!)

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