Original film poster
|Directed by||Roy William Neil|
|Written by||James Hogan
James M. Cain
|Box office||2,426,447 admissions (France)|
- Maria Montez as Carla
- Jon Hall as Michael
- Peter Coe as Tonio
- Nigel Bruce as High Sheriff
- Leo Carrillo as Anube
- Gale Sondergaard as Rhoda
- Douglass Dumbrille as Baron Tovar
- Curt Bois as Valdi
- Harry Cording as Captain Marver
After the success of Arabian Nights Universal requested a series of films starring Montez, Hall and Sabu. It was followed by White Savage and Cobra Woman. The studio then requested three more, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, a gypsy tale, Zorya, and a tale of the modernisation of Turkey.
James Hogan was signed to write and direct Zorya which became Gypsy Girl then Gypsy Wildcat. He fell ill so he was replaced by Roy William Neill. James M Cain was hired to work on the dialogue.
Filming started October 1943.
The role of Tonio was meant to be played by Turhan Bey. However he was loaned at the last minute to MGM to play a role in Dragon Seed and was replaced by Peter Coe. Coe was a former swimming champion, Acquacade performer and stage actor.
Neill reportedly was one of Maria Montez's few directors to not fight with her.
"My other pictures were just corn", said Montez. "This one is more golden bantam. I'm tired of being a fairy tale princess all the time. In every picture I have royal blood. I told the studio I wanted to do something else. I thought everything was fixed when they put me in Gypsy Wildcat. But do you know what happens at the end of that picture? I turn out to be a countess."
- French box office of 1948 at Box Office Story
- Gypsy Wildcat at Maria Montez Fan Page
- "SCREEN AND STAGE". Los Angeles Times. 16 May 1943. p. C3.
- Telephone to THE NEW YORK TIMES. (5 May 1943). "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Joan Crawford Gets 6 Months' Leave of Absence From Metro After Casting Dispute TWO FILMS OPEN TODAY 'Next of Kin,' British Drama, at Rialto -- 'Johnny Doughboy' Will Be Seen at Palace". New York Times. p. 23.
- "Of Local Origin". New York Times. 9 June 1943. p. 17.
- Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. (29 Sep 1943). "SCREEN NEWS". New York Times. p. 19.
- Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. (11 Sep 1943). "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Helen Walker to Be Featured With Nils Asther in 'The Man in Half Moon Street' JEANNIE' ARRIVES TODAY Comedy Will Be at Carnegie -- Selznick Pays $125,000 for Rights to 'So Little Time'". New York Times. p. 11.
- Schallert, Edwin (25 Sep 1943). "DRAMA AND FILM: Farley Granger Takes 'Purple Heart' Lead Multilingual Leo Carrillo Assigned as Romany Rye in Maria Montez Romance". Los Angeles Times. p. 7.
- Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. (2 Oct 1943). "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Turhan Bey, Czech Actor, Will Appear Opposite Katharine Hepburn in 'Dragon Seed'". New York Times. p. 19.
- Schallert, Edwin (4 Oct 1943). "DRAMA AND FILM: Sacrosanct Chaplin Studio Stage Invaded Long Hiatus in Lana Turner Career Approaching End; Coe Gets Bey Role". Los Angeles Times. p. A8.
- Schallert, Edwin (18 Dec 1943). "DRAMA AND FILM: 'Turnip's Blood' Looms as Wood's Next Picture Lugosi, Zucco Signed for Shiver Cinema; 'Sub Buster' Announced by Columbia". Los Angeles Times. p. 7.
- Mason, Jerry (12 Mar 1944). "FAIR AND SULTRY: Maria Montez has changed in the last year--she says...". Los Angeles Times. p. F15.