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Out of the Past -- Robert Mitchum stars as a tough private eye who is caught in a complex web of love, money and murder when he is hired to find a hood's homicidal girlfriend and falls in love with her.


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Release Date:
13 November 1947 (USA) See more »
A MAN - Trying to run away from his past... A WOMAN - Trying to escape her future! See more »
A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Jeff

Jane Greer ... Kathie

Kirk Douglas ... Whit

Rhonda Fleming ... Meta Carson
Richard Webb ... Jim
Steve Brodie ... Fisher
Virginia Huston ... Ann Miller
Paul Valentine ... Joe

Dickie Moore ... The Kid
Ken Niles ... Eels
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooks Benedict ... Kibitzer in Blue Sky Club (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Tillotson - Night Clerk (uncredited)
Eumenio Blanco ... Mexican Waiter (uncredited)
Wesley Bly ... Harlem Club Headwaiter (uncredited)
Mildred Boyd ... Woman at Harlem Club (uncredited)
Hubert Brill ... Car Manipulator (uncredited)
James Bush ... Doorman (uncredited)
Ted Collins ... Man at Harlem Club (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Bartender in Acapulco (uncredited)
Homer Dickenson ... Kibitzer in Blue Sky Club (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Lee Elson ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jess Escobar ... Mexican Doorman (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Marny - Diner Owner (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Adda Gleason ... Mrs. Miller (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Eunice Leonard (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Canby Miller (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... Lou Baylord (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Kibitzer in Blue Sky Club (uncredited)
Primo López ... Mexican Bellhop (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... The Porter (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Croupier (uncredited)
Caleb Peterson ... Man with Eunice (uncredited)
Jose Portugal ... Mexican Waiter (uncredited)
Charles Regan ... Mystery Man (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Mexican Waiter (uncredited)
Tony Roux ... Jose Rodriguez (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man in Nightclub Cloakroom (uncredited)
Wallace Scott ... Petey - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell ... Rafferty (uncredited)
William Van Vleck ... Cigar Store Clerk (uncredited)
Bill Wallace ... Kibitzer in Blue Sky Club (uncredited)
Sam Warren ... Harlem Club Waiter (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Sheriff Ed Douglas (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Tourneur 
Writing credits
Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes)

Daniel Mainwaring (novel "Build My Gallows High") (as Geoffrey Homes)

James M. Cain  uncredited
Frank Fenton  uncredited

Produced by
Warren Duff .... producer
Robert Sparks .... executive producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Samuel E. Beetley (film editor)
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Jack Okey 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
James H. Anderson .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Mancke .... assistant director
Earl Harper .... assistant director (uncredited)
Lynn Shores .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
Francis M. Sarver .... sound
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... optical effects (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Boyd Cabeen .... stand-in: Robert Mitchum (uncredited)
Robert De Grasse .... fill-in photographer (uncredited)
Frank Fenton .... screenplay constructor (uncredited)
M. Gutterman .... stand-in: Jane Greer (uncredited)
Leonard Shannon .... unit publicity writer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1955) | Spain:13 | Sweden:(Banned) | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (1965) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1998) | UK:PG (video rating: Out of the Past) (1998) (2006) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #12082) | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)

Did You Know?

Humphrey Bogart read the script and, seeing the similarities between this and The Maltese Falcon (1941), wanted to play Jeff. However, Warner Bros. didn't buy the material and RKO produced this movie.See more »
Errors in geography: Leonard Eels's apartment at 114 Fulton Street would be part of the block then occupied by the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library (now the Asian Art Museum).See more »
Meta Carson:You are an idiot.
Jeff Bailey:So's he.
Meta Carson:You think so?
Jeff Bailey:Why not? He's in love with you.
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Movie Connections:
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What was supposed to be Jeff's motive for killing Eels?
How did the press get word that Jeff supposedly killed both Fisher and Eels?
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36 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
How many shadows are there in this film?, 29 July 2001
Author: caspian1978 from Boston, MA

Out of the Past is one of the best film noir of all time. It's use of story line and lighting alone makes this film a winner. Robert Mitchum is the perfect detective character. Like a superhero, he gains his power from the city and is weak to his enemies when in the country. Great use of symbolisim throughout the film. When Mitchum falls for Moffat, we see the spider woman at work as she catches him in her spider web. (more like a fishing net on the beach) A terrific ending and beautiful camera work. A pure classic in film noir.

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