The Loves of Carmen (1948 film)
|The Loves of Carmen|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Charles Vidor|
|Produced by||Charles Vidor|
|Screenplay by||Helen Deutsch|
by Prosper Mérimée
|Music by||Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco|
|Cinematography||William E. Snyder|
|Edited by||Charles Nelson|
The Beckworth Corporation
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$2.5 million (US rentals)|
The Loves of Carmen was publicized as a dramatic adaptation of the novella Carmen by Prosper Mérimée and is otherwise unrelated to Georges Bizet's opera Carmen. It is a remake of the 1927 film of the same name, which was directed by Raoul Walsh and stars Dolores del Río and Victor McLaglen.
Loosely following the plot of the novella, this story follows the wild gypsy's adventures as a siren and bandit. Carmen (Rita Hayworth) lures an innocent soldier (Glenn Ford) to his ruin, getting him expelled from the army. He then turns to banditry, killing Carmen's husband (Victor Jory) and others. The drama culminates in an ending with the innocent soldier repenting of his sins and dying.
- Rita Hayworth as Carmen (singing voice was dubbed by Anita Ellis)
- Glenn Ford as Don José
- Ron Randell as Andrés
- Victor Jory as García
- Luther Adler as Dancaire
- Arnold Moss as Colonel
- Joseph Buloff as Remendado
- Margaret Wycherly as Old Crone
- Bernard Nedell as Pablo
- John Baragrey as Lucas, a bullfighter
This was the first film chosen and co-produced by Hayworth's production company, the Beckworth Corporation, which gave her approval over her material and a percentage of the film's profits. As co-producer, Hayworth hired her father, the dancer Eduardo Cansino, to help choreograph the traditional Spanish dances. Also, her uncle José Cansino can be seen as her dance partner in one scene, and her brother Vernon Cansino has a bit part as a soldier.
Ron Randell, recently signed to Columbia, was billed third.
The musical score of the film was composed by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
- Letter from Hollywood By Frank Daugherty Special to The Christian Science Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current file) [Boston, Mass] 09 Jan 1948: 4.
- Variety 18 February 1948 p 14
- "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46
- Vagg, Stephen (August 10, 2019). "Unsung Aussie Actors – Ron Randell: A Top Twenty". Filmink.