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Release Date:
13 November 1947 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A MAN - Trying to run away from his past... A WOMAN - Trying to escape her future! See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
One of best 40's film noir - and where is it ? See more (153 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Lee Elson ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jess Escobar ... Mexican Doorman (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Marny - Diner Owner (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 supervision
 
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)
 
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Runtime:
97 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Germany:18 (nf) (original 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)

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Trivia:
After Humphrey Bogart refused the lead it was offered to John Garfield and then Dick Powell, both of whom turned it down. Robert Mitchum was fourth choice.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jeff visits Leonard Eels' office building there are clearly five names on the directory under 'E' in the long shot, but just two in the POV shot that follows immediately.See more »
Quotes:
Kathie Moffat:Don't you see you've only me to make deals with now?
Jeff Bailey:Build my gallows high, baby.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mystery Date (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
The First Time I Saw YouSee more »

FAQ

How did the press get word that Jeff supposedly killed both Fisher and Eels?
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52 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
One of best 40's film noir - and where is it ?, 6 February 1999

Tremendously stylish, brilliantly scripted and wonderfully directed noir classic about a man who cannot escape from his past. Rarely does the genre get away from the grimy city streets with it's dark corridors and alleyways only partially lit by un-realistic streams of bright light. In this film we not only see the underworld gangs, the bars and floozies, the heavies and the fatales, but we also see the bright beautiful countryside, the streams and the rocks - a complete otherworld.

Mitchum is superb as the man who has escaped the city to live a new life in the country only to be dragged back by powerful forces. This broadening of the cinematic landscape makes the movie more affecting than your assorted Bogarts' & Ladds'. As with 'I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang' I feel much more sympathy for the lead actor who gets dragged back into the bear pit to wrestle for his life and soul.

'Out of the Past' also has some of the finest dialogue and narration I have ever heard, probably matched only by 'The Maltese Falcon'. 'She was like an autumn leaf blowing from gutter to gutter', is one gem that sticks in my mind.

The mood of the film is pleasantly melancholic and the portrayal of the fatale figure (Jane Greer) is particularly sympathetic. In most noir movies the male perspective of the double-crossing woman predominates (not that there's anything wrong with that, it's usually very funny). Here however, whilst Greer presents one of the blackest of women you at least know why she does what she does and can sympathise with her plight. She is trapped too.

Tourneur, tragically made few films but was a master at getting messages deep into your psyche, into your soul. 'Cat People 'and 'I Walked With a Zombie' both had otherworlds where the demons lived. We all have otherworlds too, places we'd rather not go very often, but as with Mitchum we are sometimes confronted with those demons and have to do battle once again. When I go next I hope to be wearing my hat at an exquisite angle and have my trench coat well belted.

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