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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 »
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 »
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1 win See more »
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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)
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)
 
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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: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?

Trivia:
This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991.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:
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:
Soundtrack:
The First Time I Saw YouSee more »

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76 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
Beloved film classic should be seen by more people, 28 October 2002
Author: funkyfry from Oakland CA

Terrific exotic adventure/melodrama with gothic undertones. Douglas follows Mitchum following Greer to Mexico; murder and robbery follow everywhere femme fatale Greer goes. She's excellent; vulnerable eyes revealing the fear motivating her totally irrational, greedy actions. She and Mitchum are made for each other (it's a shame that this and the less exciting "The Big Steal" are their only films together as far as I know, although Greer did make a good pairing with the comparably skilled Richard Widmark in "Run for the Sun"). Every step of their twisted journey feels inevitable, painful, and joyous, like a death-row inmate smoking his last cigarette. Mitchum is at his best here as the patsy for Greer and Doublas' schemes, who plays along as if he knows better but is truly seeking absolution from death.

One of the best films ever made by Hollywood, all the more amazing considering it was made almost on the fly (what people today call a "film noir" but what the producers though of as a "B" movie).

Tourneur is one of the best low budget directors in the business; fans of good film will seek out his movies, which cover all the different genres of film. His father was one of the creators of film style, and he has a striking sense of visual composition himself, which he puts to excellent use in this, possibly his best film.

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