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His Kind of Woman (1951)

A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle.

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John Farrow, Richard Fleischer (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Dan Milner
Jane Russell ... Lenore Brent
Vincent Price ... Mark Cardigan
Tim Holt ... Bill Lusk
Charles McGraw ... Thompson / Narrator
Marjorie Reynolds ... Helen Cardigan
Raymond Burr ... Nick Ferraro
Leslie Banning ... Jennie Stone (as Leslye Banning)
Jim Backus ... Myron Winton
Philip Van Zandt ... Jose Morro
John Mylong ... Martin Krafft
Carleton G. Young ... Gerald Hobson
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Storyline

Nick Ferraro, deported crime boss, needs to re-enter the USA. His plan involves "honest" gambler Dan Milner, who's subjected to a series of "misfortunes," then bribed to take a trip to Mexico. En route, Dan meets chanteuse Lenore Brent, truly his kind of woman. But on arrival at posh Morros Lodge in Baja California, Dan finds the ostensibly rich, carefree guests all playing roles...except, possibly, ham actor Mark Cardigan. What does Ferraro want with him? Can he trust anyone? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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They were two of a kind ! ...and bound to meet, but neither of them knew what such a meeting would mean!


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

21 November 1951 (Congo) See more »

Also Known As:

Smiler with a Gun See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Richard Fleischer fixed the new ending of the movie. He had to discuss it with Howard Hughes, the big boss of RKO Pictures studio. But Hughes was partly deaf and Fleischer had to yell all the time, because of the mogul ear problems. See more »

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When Milner bumps into Cardigan on the stairs, one of the bullets on Cardigan's hunting vest has slipped almost all the way through the holder. In the next shot, all of the bullets are in place and evenly aligned. See more »

Quotes

Dan Milner: Where have you been? I looked for you all day.
Lenore Brent: I stayed in bed. "Nimrod" went hunting again.
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Written by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Jane Russell
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Fabulous Tongue-in-Cheek Film Adventure!
12 October 2003 | by cariartSee all my reviews

HIS KIND OF WOMAN, the first of two pairings of RKO's resident 'tough guy', Robert Mitchum, and it's major sex symbol, Jane Russell (the near-classic MACAO would follow, a year later), is such a wonderful, convoluted 'film noir' spoof that it is amazing that it has never appeared on video. Broadly funny, and a more than a bit surreal, the tale of down-and-out gambler Mitchum 'hired' to travel to a remote Mexican resort to provide a 'body' so that a notorious gangster (Raymond Burr, sleekly villainous) can feign his death and return to the U.S., is action-packed, and has been described as "Bogie and Bacall on Steroids'!

A great deal of the success of the John Farrow-directed film is due to the inspired casting of Vincent Price as a ham actor who gets to 'live out' his celluloid life, aiding Mitchum. Price quotes Shakespeare, critiques his performance, and is amazed by his own heroics, and he has never been funnier, on screen.

An excellent supporting cast, including Tim Holt, Charles McGraw, Marjorie Reynolds, Paul Frees (the famous Hollywood 'voice' actor, actually seen, for a change), and Jim Backus contribute to the on screen mayhem, and Russell sings "Five Little Miles From San Berdoo", one of her more memorable 50s numbers.

From the opening scene, as Burr, exiled in Italy, listens to a short-wave radio broadcast of his successful career as an American crime kingpin ("Where is my money?" he demands, as an estimate of his revenue is quoted), to the brawling climax with Mitchum, aboard his yacht, as Price attempts a rescue, HIS KIND OF WOMAN is pure escapism, at it's best.

Here's hoping that a DVD edition may soon be released!


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