Synopsis: 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...
Director(s): Charles Vidor
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min



To me, a dollar was a dollar

in any language.

It was my first night

in the Argentine

and I didn't know much about

the local citizens.

But I knew about American sailors,

and I knew I'd better get out of there.

Put your hands up. Up!


Get going.

A cane like that can come in handy.

It is a most faithful friend.

Silent when I wish to be silent,

talks when I wish to talk.

That's your idea of a friend?

That is my idea of a friend.

You must lead a gay life.

I lead the life I like to lead.

You're a lucky man.

I make my own luck.

What are you doing

in a neighborhood like this?

I came down to save your life.

He wouldn't have killed me

if I'd give him the money.

But you wouldn't have given him

the money.

I don't think I would.

How did you get it?

Get what?

The money you would have died for.


I'll leave you here.



I'll do the same for you sometime.

Save my life?

Give you a cigarette.

Why don't you go where

there's some real gambling?

Thought it was illegal in Buenos Aires.

Oh, it is.

Oh, I see. Just like home.

There's a casino about

a half hour the other side of town.

Here's the key.


But don't go.

Why not?

They won't let you use

your own dice.

What? I didn't think it showed.

A man who makes his own luck,

as I do, recognizes it in others.

In any event,

they won't let you in without a tie.

The spot is not on your nose yet.

Who's he?

A loafer.

Would you like a fine perfume,

suitable for nobility?

No, thanks.

We have a talcum powder

as soft as raw silk.

No, thanks.


Yeah, thank you.


Oh. Mm-hm.


Hey, who's she?

A harpy.

How would you classify me?



Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen.

Place your bets.

Ladies and gentlemen,

place your bets.

Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen.

Place your bets.



Number two, 1000 pesos.

No more bets.

Number two, black.

Number two.

Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen.

Place your bets.

Place your bets.

Two chips.

A thousand pesos, sir.



The player's allowed to cut at any time.

Of course.

A thousand pesos.



As usual, I made my own luck

and I knew just when

to stop letting it ride.


Hey, bud, the director

wants to see you.

Is Brooklyn across the river

here too?




Thanks, peasant.

Where is he?

Don't worry, bub. He'll be here.

How would you like

1000 pesos apiece?

You don't buy your way out of this, bub.

You're in trouble.

Oh, now wait a minute.


All right, Casey, Huerta.

Well, well. The little man

with the sharp friend.

I told you not to bring your dice.

"Well, well" again.

You really had me fooled last night.

I thought you were somebody.

I didn't think you'd just

be the manager of a gambling joint.

My name is Ballin Mundson.

Mine's Johnny Farrel.

And I'm not the manager,

I own the joint.

And I don't like to be cheated.

There isn't a dice table in the house.

Nobody wins that much at 21


I hit a lucky streak.

A very deft way of cutting cards.

Took me years to learn.

Of course you ought to be in jail.

But I suppose I owe you an obligation

since I saved your life.

You ought to be more careful

about those things.

Now get out of here.

Don't come back.

You know, you're being very stupid.


You had me gambling

on the wrong side. I'll be better

if you had me on your side.

I don't like my people to cheat.

I cheat with my own money, sure.

But with your money, I wouldn't

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