Out of the Past | Chicago Reader

Out of the Past

The most delicate and nuanced of film noirs (1947), graced with a reflective lyricism that almost lifts it out of the genre. Robert Mitchum, a former private eye, has taken refuge from life as the owner of a small-town gas station. A gangster (Kirk Douglas) presses him back into service to search for his wandering mistress (Jane Greer). This is no expressionist thunderstorm of guilt and fate, but a film of small, finely textured effects, centered on subtle grades of morality. The cool, feathery photography is by Nicholas Musuraca; the director is Jacques Tourneur. With Rhonda Fleming, Steve Brodie, and Richard Webb.

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Director:

  • Jacques Tourneur

Cast:

  • Robert Mitchum
  • Jane Greer
  • Kirk Douglas
  • Rhonda Fleming
  • Richard Webb
  • Steve Brodie
  • Virginia Huston
  • Paul Valentine
  • Dickie Moore
  • Frank Wilcox
  • Mary Field

Producer:

  • Warren Duff

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