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Trivia / Gilda

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  • AFI's 100 Years… 100 Songs: "Put the Blame on Mame" #84
  • Mid-Development Genre Shift: The film was originally conceived strictly as a drama, with no musical numbers.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Rita Hayworth's singing was dubbed by Anita Ellis, as Harry Cohn felt her voice wasn't strong enough. That said, her voice is heard when she strums "Put the Blame on Mame" on the guitar.
  • Real-Life Relative: The photo of Johnny Farrell as a baby is a picture of Glenn Ford's real-life son, Peter Ford.
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  • Romance on the Set: Averted. Due to Rita Hayworth's separation from Orson Welles during filming, there were rumours that she was having an affair with Glenn Ford. Harry Cohn was worried about the scandal affecting her box-office appeal and when the two weren't filming, the mogul would barrage the duo with angry phone calls and demand that Hayworth go home. Cohn went so far as to spy on his actors — he had recording devices set up in their dressing rooms. He got no useful information, though; as Ford later said, "Of course, we knew our dressing rooms were bugged. The sound department tipped us off." (Welles knew of the hidden mics when he returned to Columbia to make The Lady from Shanghai with his estranged wife. He said that he and Rita would perform impromptu skits and radio shows in their dressing room for the benefit of their "listeners").
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  • Those Two Actors: This was the second of the five films starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Humphrey Bogart turned down the role of Johnny Farrell, because he feared that Rita Hayworth would overshadow him.
    • Initially the story had an American setting, but it was quickly realized that the Buenos Aires setting allowed for a more sordid set of circumstances.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: The script was not yet finished when filming began. According to choreographer Jack Cole,
    "The script pages would arrive practically the morning that we were going to shoot, they were making the picture up as we went along. If you really look, you can tell that was the way the picture was done because it doesn't really make any sense if you try to follow the story."

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