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Release Date:
1949 (UK) See more »
Mitchum is HOT! - location in the heart of Mexico...HOT...after a girl with a million-dollar figure! the nation's his newest picture!
An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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It's A Fun Trip......Literally! See more (52 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Lt. Duke Halliday

Jane Greer ... Joan Graham

William Bendix ... Capt. Vincent Blake

Patric Knowles ... Jim Fiske

Ramon Novarro ... Inspector General Ortega

Don Alvarado ... Lt. Ruiz

John Qualen ... Julius Seton
Pascual García Peña ... Manuel (as Pascual Garcia Pena)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregorio Acosta ... Chaney (uncredited)
Salvador Baguez ... Morales (uncredited)
Henry Carr ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Edward Colebrook ... Mexican Tourist (uncredited)
Bing Conley ... Dockhand (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Purser (uncredited)
Alphonse DuBois ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Juan Duval ... Vendor (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... American Tourist (uncredited)
Nacho Galindo ... Pastry Vendor (uncredited)
Elias Gamboa ... Vendor (uncredited)
Raúl Guerrero ... Pepe (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Madden the Guard (uncredited)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Customs Inspector (uncredited)
Ted Jacques ... Cole (uncredited)
Frank Leyva ... Vendor (uncredited)
José Loza ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Margarito Luna ... Attendant (uncredited)
Primo López ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Dorothy Mitchum ... Tourist (uncredited)
Carmen Morales ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Lillian O'Malley ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Purser (uncredited)
Beatriz Ramos ... Carmencita, shopkeeper (uncredited)
Tony Roux ... Parrot Vendor (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Departing Passenger (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Dockhand (uncredited)
Dimas Sotello ... Vendor (uncredited)
Arturo Soto Rangel ... Pedro (uncredited)
Alfredo de Soto ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Alfonso Sánchez Tello ... Basguez (uncredited)
Jorge Treviño ... Barber (uncredited)
Felipe Turich ... Guitar Vendor (uncredited)
Juan Varro ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Siegel 
Writing credits
Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes) &
Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay)

Richard Wormser (story "The Road to Carmichael's")

Produced by
Jack J. Gross .... producer
Sid Rogell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Samuel E. Beetley 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Set Decoration by
Harley Miller (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Robert Cowan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Carla Hadley .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Edward Killy .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Ruman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Phil Brigandi .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound
Terry Wilson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Almond .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ernest Bachrach .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jim Kurley .... grip (uncredited)
Charles Straumer .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Salvador Baguez .... technical adviser
Richard Kinon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • RKO Radio Pictures (presents) (as R K O Radio Pictures, Inc.) (as An R K O Radio Picture also)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1950) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1998) (1999) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #13635) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Originally, Lizabeth Scott had agreed to play the female lead. However, she bowed out after Mitchum was convicted for smoking marijuana, afraid it would hurt her career.See more »
Continuity: The initial scenes are set in the city of Veracruz, but were filmed in Tehuacán. While the action is still taking place in Veracruz, you can clearly see the name Tehuacán on a building.See more »
Lt. Duke Halliday:Where's Fiske?
Joan Graham:Taking the parrot for a walk.
Lt. Duke Halliday:You wouldn't be his wife, would you?
Joan Graham:No, I wouldn't!
Lt. Duke Halliday:Mmm-hmm!
Joan Graham:[taking offense] I don't like the 'Mmm-hmm.' I'm not his wife!
Lt. Duke Halliday:If you were, I wouldn't be saying 'Mmm-hmm!'
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Movie Connections:
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31 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
It's A Fun Trip......Literally!, 23 October 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

As a team, Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer are pretty well-known, at least to classic film fans, for their pairing in "Out Of The Past," but I thought they were a lot more fun to watch in this particular film noir.

This movie, still not available on tape or disc for some reason, is almost one long chase scene, with people in three vehicles all on the move....with a neat twist at the end.

There is the typical 1940s budding romance in which the two parties do nothing with insult each other until the end. Sometimes that gets really old but in here it isn't, maybe because Greer has so many good lines.

It's also fun to see the old cars racing around hairpin curves, although the special effects are really dated. The fight scenes didn't look too realistic, either. Hey, I didn't say it was technically a great movie.....just a fun one to watch. Equally entertaining were two of the other people in on the chases: William Bendix and Patric Knowles.

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