Gypsy Wildcat

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Gypsy Wildcat
Original film poster
Directed by Roy William Neil
Written by James Hogan
James M. Cain
Gene Lewis
Starring Maria Montez
Jon Hall
Release date
  • 1944 (1944)
Running time
73 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office 2,426,447 admissions (France)[1]

Gypsy Wildcat is a 1944 film starring Maria Montez.[2] It was co-written by James M. Cain.



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.[3][4]

James Hogan was signed to write and direct Zorya which became Gypsy Girl then Gypsy Wildcat.[5] He fell ill so he was replaced by Roy William Neill.[6] James M Cain was hired to work on the dialogue.[7]

Filming started October 1943.[8]

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.[9] Coe was a former swimming champion, Acquacade performer and stage actor.[10]

Neill reportedly was one of Maria Montez's few directors to not fight with her.[11]

"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."[12]

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  1. ^ French box office of 1948 at Box Office Story
  2. ^ Gypsy Wildcat at Maria Montez Fan Page
  3. ^ "SCREEN AND STAGE". Los Angeles Times. 16 May 1943. p. C3. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Of Local Origin". New York Times. 9 June 1943. p. 17. 
  6. ^ Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. (29 Sep 1943). "SCREEN NEWS". New York Times. p. 19. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Mason, Jerry (12 Mar 1944). "FAIR AND SULTRY: Maria Montez has changed in the last year--she says...". Los Angeles Times. p. F15. 

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