The Loves of Carmen (1948 film)

The Loves of Carmen is a 1948 American Technicolor romantic drama film directed by Charles Vidor. The film stars Rita Hayworth as the gypsy Carmen and Glenn Ford as her doomed lover Don José.

The Loves of Carmen
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles Vidor
Produced byCharles Vidor
Rita Hayworth
Screenplay byHelen Deutsch
Based onCarmen
1845 novella
by Prosper Mérimée
StarringRita Hayworth
Glenn Ford
Music byMario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
CinematographyWilliam E. Snyder
Edited byCharles Nelson
The Beckworth Corporation
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 23, 1948 (1948-08-23) (United States)
  • September 2, 1948 (1948-09-02) (New York City)
  • October 7, 1948 (1948-10-07) (Los Angeles)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2.5 million[1][2]
Box office$2.5 million (US rentals)[3]

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.


1927 Film

1917 Film


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.[4]

The musical score of the film was composed by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

See also


  1. 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.
  2. Variety 18 February 1948 p 14
  3. "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46
  4. Vagg, Stephen (August 10, 2019). "Unsung Aussie Actors – Ron Randell: A Top Twenty". Filmink.
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