Out of the Past (1947) Jacques Tourneur (4x)
Warner DVD, Blu-ray
We may be done with the past, but the past is never done with us. Robert Mitchum plays Jeff, a man trying to escape his shady past and settle down in a small rural community with a good woman (Virginia Huston, above left), but former big city boss Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas) has other plans for him. First, find Whit’s girl Kathie Moffat (Jane Greer, below right), who shot him and stole $40,000 from him.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) Peter Yates
The first time I saw Friends of Eddie Coyle, I thought it was a pretty good realistic, gritty crime film that I watched mostly for Robert Mitchum, who was still getting it done at age 56. Watching it again, I begin to see just how good it is.
His Kind of Woman (1951) John Farrow
Warner Film Noir Classic Collection, Vol. 3 DVD
Confession time: I had always thought I had seen His Kind of Woman, but about two minutes into the film, I realized I hadn’t. I think I was getting it confused with The Big Steal (1949), another Robert Mitchum picture. I should’ve known something was up when I heard Eddie Muller say that His Kind of Woman makes Specter of the Rose (1946) look normal.
If you’re late to the party, you can catch up on Part I and Part II. After that, here’s how April ended for me:
The Enemy Below (1957)
Directed by Dick Powell
Produced by Dick Powell
Screenplay by Wendell Mayes, based on a novel by Commander D.A. (Denys) Rayner
Cinematography by Harold Rosson
Edited by Stuart Gilmore
Music by Leigh Harline
20th Century Fox
(color; Cinemascope; 1:38)
The crew members of the Navy destroyer escort U.S.S. Haynes are a bit nervous. They’re patrolling the South Atlantic during World War II with a new commander, Captain Murrell (Robert Mitchum) who has confined himself to his cabin since coming aboard. Several of the sailors wager that the new captain’s seasick. Or maybe just yellow.
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
Directed by John Huston
Produced by Buddy Alder, Eugene Frenke
Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, John Huston
Cinematography by Oswald Morris
Edited by Russell Lloyd
Music by Georges Auric
20th Century Fox
The first seven minutes of John Huston’s Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison show an exhausted, haggard Robert Mitchum, bobbing up and down on a rubber raft, headed toward an island in the South Pacific in 1944. Upon reaching the shore, his physical turmoil might be over, but emotionally he’s in store for a real workout.