Great clip from The Bribe, (1949) a steamy film noir starring Ava Gardner, Robert Taylor, Vincent Price and Charles Laughton.
Taylor plays an FBI agent on a mission to break up an illegal war surplus racket. Ava’s an innocent femme fatale, the devil’s candy.
Here’s the moment Taylor—and the audience—first lay eyes on Ava.
Ava’s killer gown designed by the Irene (b. Irene Lentz.)
This scene channels Rita Hayworth’s classic “Put the Blame on Mame” moment in Gilda, 1946, which, to be honest, is more effective. Rita’s training as a dancer helps put it over in a big way. Nevertheless, Ava is such a luminous presence the scene in “The Bribe” is highly effective.
Let’s take a look at Rita:
Rita’s gown—also a total killer—by Jean Louis.
I’m curious to know which scene you prefer?