Out of the Past


Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Romance / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 92%
IMDb Rating 8 10 28,652


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April 10, 2019


Jane Greer as Kathie
Kirk Douglas as Self
Rhonda Fleming as Edith Von Secondberg
Robert Mitchum as Martin Brady
757.39 MB
23.976 fps
97 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 8 / 10 / 10

Caught up by the Past

In a small town in California, the mysterious Jeff Bailey (Robert Mitchum) owns a small gas station and is in love with the local Ann (Virginia Huston). When a stranger just arrived in town meets him, Jeff is ordered to travel to meet the powerful criminal Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas). Before traveling, Jeff calls Ann and tells her the story of his life, when he was a private eyes hired by Whit for US$ 5,000.00 to find his former mistress Kathie (Jane Greer) that had shot Whit and stolen US$ 40,000.00. The competent Jeff finds Kathie in Acapulco, but she tells that she had not taken Whit's money and they fall in love for each other and escape from Whit. When the former partner of Jeff, Fisher (Steve Brodie), finds the couple living in an isolated cabin, Kathie kills him and Jeff buries his corpse. Jeff accidentally finds the receipt of deposit of the amount in Kathie's purse and leaves her forever. When Jeff meets Whit, he surprisingly finds Kathie living with him; Whit asks Jeff one last job to get even and release Jeff from his debt. But Jeff finds that Whit is actually framing him. "Out of the Past" is an excellent film-noir, with a melancholic story and a magnificent and amoral female fatal. The direction of Jacques Tourneur is outstanding and the cinematography is very beautiful. Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer have top-notch performances, showing great chemistry. However, the fantastic screenplay is certainly the best in this movie, disclosing a complex plot with the use of flashback and great lines. My vote is eight. Title (Brazil): "Fuga do Passado" ("Escape from the Past")

Reviewed by jpdoherty 8 / 10 / 10

Is This NotThe Best Noir?

There was Siodmax' "The Killers" in 1946! There was Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle" in 1950 and in between was RKO's OUT OF THE PAST in 1947. Together these three films represent the very best film noirs that ever was to come out of Hollywood or ever would again. Of the three however OUT OF THE PAST arguably stands a toe in front of the others as the all time favourite. Why is this? Perhaps it's because of its meatier narrative and story line with its palpable unrelenting dramatic thrust together with its extraordinary camera setups and its remarkable use of light and shadow or perhaps because of its faultless screenplay matched in interpretation by inspired casting. No matter what the reason OUT OF THE PAST simply manages to stand out as the most sublime and mesmerizing thriller ever made. Produced for RKO by Warren Duff it was splendidly written for the screen by Geoffrey Holmes which derived from his novel "Build My Gallows High" (the picture's title in England). Stunningly photographed in Black & White by Nicholas Musuraca it was arrestingly scored by Roy Webb (The best thing he ever did) and the picture was directed with a positive flair by Jacques Tourneur. Jeff Markham, alias Jeff Bailey, (Robert Mitchum) a man with a past ekes out a living running a filling station outside Bakersfield. One day out of the blue - and out of Jeff's past - arrives Joe Stafanos (Paul Valentine) the strong-arm henchman of shady businessman Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas). He's here with a message for Jeff that Whit wants to see him again. Some time ago Jeff was a private eye and Whit had engaged him to go to Mexico and hunt down his girlfriend Kathie Moffat (Jane Greer) who had absconded with $40,000. In flashback we see Jeff finding her but unwittingly the vulnerable Jeff falls in love with her and they go on the run together. But not for long, Whit sends Jeff's estranged detective partner Jack Fisher (Steve Brodie) to find them both but when he does Kathie shoots and kills him and disappears leaving Jeff to return to the states alone. He gives up the detective business and buries himself in Bakersfield running a gas station. Now Whit has located him and wants to see him. But it's only a ruse to have Jeff framed for Fisher's murder in retaliation for his disloyalty. Jeff goes anyhow to meet Whit at his mansion on Lake Tahoe and is astonished to find Kathie there ("Kathie's back in the fold again" declares a weaselly Whit). Later Kathie gets Stafanos to kill Jeff who fails in the attempt. Then she double crosses Whit and kills him. And the picture ends with Kathie making up to Jeff and wanting him to go away with her and start over again where they had left off in Mexico. Jeff pretends to agree but unbeknown to her he calls the police who set up a roadblock in which tragically they both perish. Jeff Bailey had finally gotten even with the woman who had lied, cheated, murdered and double crossed just about everyone for her own devious ends but in doing so he paid the ultimate price. Performances are superb throughout. Here the dozy eyed Mitchum - in his first starring role - solidifies his playing of the private eye. But he also shows he could cut a wholly acceptable romantic lead helped along by his mellifluous and soft voiced atmospheric narration. One scene in particular is very effective where he is waiting for her on the beach at night and when she arrives Mitchum's voice is heard gently on the soundtrack ...."Then she'd come along.....just like school was out and everything else was just a stone by the sea". The wonderful Jane Greer is the quintessential femme fatale. Her gentle saintly beauty belying her treacherous, underhanded and calculating evil. And a young Kirk Douglas - here just feeling his way in movies - is fine as the courtly but odious villain. Adding greatly to the whole thing is the marvellous score by RKO resident composer Roy Webb which features a memorable and lingering main cue that becomes a tender love theme for the love scenes and is transformed into an exciting big band jazz number for the black nightclub sequence. OUT OF THE PAST is the archetypal film noir! An outstanding document of what Hollywood could achieve in their golden past. Unfortunately they now seem to have taken a wrong turn off that road that so often led to greatness. Classic Mitchum adage from OUT OF THE PAST............... "If anyone's gonna to die baby......I'm gonna die last".

Reviewed by DonAlberto 8 / 10 / 10

Noir at its best!

Starting off a review by admitting having no idea who the director of the film you're about to write a review of is certainly far from ideal. Yet it hardly matters if Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas are the actors. The film was adapted by Daniel Mainwaring (under a pen name) from his novel Build my Gallows High (also written under a pen name). A retired private eye runs a gas station in a small town, where he leads a quiet life under the phoney name of Jeff Bailey. He spends his leisure time fishing and whit a young girl he wants to marry. Unexpectedly, he receives the visit of and old friend who told him that Whit Sterling, a boss in the mob, wants to see him. Bailey is forced to explain to his soon-to-be-wife his shady past in a very long flashback: he was hired by Sterling to look for his lover, Kathie Moffet, who had run away with a considerable sum of money, 40.000 dollars, managed to find her in Acapulco but as he fell in love with her, they decided to flee from Sterling and go to live in San Francisco. However, the woman fled again leaving him alone after the dearth of the former Bailey¬°s mate in business, who had discovered his whereabouts. When the flash-back finishes Bailey is drawn back to Sterling and starts to suspect that he longs to take revenge on him over what happened. Thus the two plotlines are merged into one. Bailey, back to his usual business, is pulled back into a world he knows as well as the back of his hand. As in any good Noir picture, there are twists and turns where they are needed, sometimes in the shape of a gun coming out of a raincoat pocket, sometimes it's just betraying and stabbing in the back. All that would account to almost nothing if the movie hadn't had Robert Mitchum in in. Hi is Noir. His height lends him the ability to scan a murder scene as if he were a owl up on a tree branch; his eyes are the eyes of a marble statue.

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