An overdone spy melodrama that takes most of its inspiration from GILDA, this production served as Hayworth's return to the screen after a four-year absence. (Following her marriage to Prince Aly Khan she had announced she would never again appear in a film, but the marriage collapsed and
she was back with Harry Cohn of Columbia.) Hayworth is a singer-dancer in a Trinidad dive owned by her husband, who is murdered by international thief and spy Scourby. Police inspector Thatcher asks Hayworth to play up to Scourby and snoop into his affairs. At the same time Ford shows up to find
out who killed Hayworth's husband, who also was Ford's brother, and gets into a lot of trouble--a thankless, bumbling role for a strong actor. Scourby is finally exposed and Hayworth winds up in Ford's arms. Highlights of the film include Hayworth doing sexy, hip-grinding dances to "Trinidad Lady"
and "I've Been Kissed Before." (Jo Ann Greer's voice was dubbed for Hayworth's in the vocals.) Valerie Bettis, who did the choreography for the two Hayworth numbers, also appears in the film as a drunken, empty-headed woman who exclaims after one of Hayworth's gyrations: "Gee, I wish I could dance
like that." Hayworth had the script rewritten several times, then rejected the final draft, walking off the set and stating she would not return until a complete revision was done. Cohn suspended her and prepared an expensive lawsuit against her, vowing to collect enormous damages from her. After
looking over the lawyers' workups, Rita decided to bend to King Cohn's demands and returned to the studio to do the film, which most critics agreed had a trite plot. Oddly, the film seems better today than when first released, but that may be due to the Hayworth-Ford mystique and nostalgia for
what we forget was corny in its day. Jean Louis' costume design earned an Oscar nomination.
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- Review: An overdone spy melodrama that takes most of its inspiration from GILDA, this production served as Hayworth's return to the screen after a four-year absence. (Following her marriage to Prince Aly Khan she had announced she would never again appear in a fil… (more)