Four messed-up romances for Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, so obviously I’m going to talk about four messed-up romances from some classics to make things awkward for everyone. Here they are:

Gilda and Johnny from Gilda (1946, dir. Charles Vidor) – Man, those two… Love triangle with Gilda’s husband, check, complicated past, check, sizzling chemistry, ooooohhh check. Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford deliver looks and lines like nobody’s business in this outrageously sexy noir.

Tracy and Dexter from The Philadelphia Story (1940, dir. George Cukor) – One of the great soph-coms of its era, The Philadelphia Story could not be any more classy if it tried, so logically former couple Tracy (Katharine Hepburn) and Dexter (Cary Grant) tell each to get lost in the most marvellous ways.

Joe and Pat from Raw Deal (1948, dir. Anthony Mann) – A film noir on a messed-up romances list isn’t necessarily a surprise, but Raw Deal is particularly heart-breaking, because of Pat (Claire Trevor). Homme fatale Joe Sullivan (Dennis O’Keefe) manipulates her into getting him out of prison, then goes on the run with her AND Ann (Marsha Hunt), the woman he’s actually in love with. Crazy stuff.

Vienna and Johnny from Johnny Guitar (1954, dir. Nicholas Ray) – Saloonkeeper Vienna (Joan Crawford) and gunslinger Johnny ‘Guitar’ Logan (Sterling Hayden) are old lovers and boy, do they own this colourful Western with their intense love-hate relationship. It’s as hot and vibrant as the cinematography.

(Un)Happy Valentine’s Day!


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