OUT OF THE PAST (aka BUILD MY GALLOWS
D: Jacques Tourneur
RKO (Warren Duff)
W: Geoffrey Homes [based on his novel "Build
My Gallows High"]
DP: Nicholas Musuraca
Ed: Samuel E. Beetley
Mus: Roy Webb
Robert Mitchum (Jeff Bailey), Jane Greer (Kathie
Moffett), Kirk Douglas (Whit Sterling), Rhonda Fleming (Meta Carson), Richard Webb (Jim)
One of the great film noir thrillers of the 1940's, moodily
presented with Jacques Tourneur's usual atmospheric black and white photography.
former private detective, now living in a small town as a gas station attendant, has his past catch up with him when a gangster hires him to locate his homicidal girlfriend, who he subsequently
falls in love with.
This is the film which catapulted both Robert Mitchum and Kirk
Douglas onto the A-list, and though the film isn't quite as memorable as others released around the same time, it clearly created inspiration for some later films, as well as being remade (quite
poorly) as Against All Odds in 1984.