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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 »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Nick Ferraro's yacht was built entirely on RKO's Stage 22 - at the time the largest sound stage in the world. Initially, only a bridge set was called for, but studio owner Howard Hughes wanted more fighting scenes and more of everything in the finale, so an entire ship set was built to satisfy his wishes. See more »

Goofs

When Thompson's two henchman are trying to outflank Cardigan, the grey haired henchman, who is wearing light coloured trousers, runs from the left of the shot and passes behind a rock. However, the man who emerges from behind the rock, and is immediately shot by Cardigan, has dark hair and is wearing dark trousers. See more »

Quotes

Dan Milner: Are you in the oil business, or are you just spending your alimony all at once?
Lenore Brent: I'm what you'd call a spoiled child of the rich.
Dan Milner: Well, how do you do? I'm what you'd call a spoiled child of the poor.
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Featured in Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Five Little Miles from San Berdoo
Written by Sam Coslow
Performed by Jane Russell
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Schizophrenic Noir
12 July 2010 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

A broke California gambler is paid thousands to travel to a resort in Mexico and meet someone who'll instruct him on what comes next. The plot is initially quite muddled and does not become clear until about halfway through. It starts as a film noir, turns into a romantic comedy, and finishes with furious action. Russell is a sultry presence and she and Mitchum have good chemistry. However, Price steals the film in a hilarious turn as a hammy Hollywood actor. The action scenes are not convincing. The bad guys take forever to aim their guns, allowing Mitchum and Price adequate time to react. There is also a ridiculously protracted scene where bad guys try to stick a needle into Mitchum.


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