Out of the Past

Out of the Past

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Director: Jacques Tourneur, Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas

Cast: Jacques Tourneur, Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas

     
 

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Out of the Past is so perfect a film noir that it is considered practically a textbook example of the genre. In his first starring role (it had previously been offered to John Garfield and Dick Powell), Robert Mitchum plays Jeff Bailey, the friendly but secretive proprietor of a mountain-village gas station. As Jeff's worshipful deaf-mute attendant (Dick

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Out of the Past is so perfect a film noir that it is considered practically a textbook example of the genre. In his first starring role (it had previously been offered to John Garfield and Dick Powell), Robert Mitchum plays Jeff Bailey, the friendly but secretive proprietor of a mountain-village gas station. As Jeff's worshipful deaf-mute attendant (Dick Moore) looks on in curious fascination, an unsavory character named Joe (Paul Valentine) pulls up to the station, obviously looking for the owner. Jeff is all too aware of Joe's identity; he's been dreading this moment for quite some time, knowing full well that it will mean the end of his semi-idyllic existence, not to mention his engagement to local girl Ann (Virginia Huston). In a lengthy flashback, the audience is apprised of the reasons behind Jeff's discomfort - and thus begins a tale of treachery, betrayal and intrigue that extends into the present day and turns Jeff's life upside down. Out of the Past was remade in 1984 as Against All Odds, with Jane Greer cast as the mother of her original character.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
With its doomed anti-hero, conniving villain, sardonic script, moody black-and-white photography, and icy femme fatale, Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past (1947) is essential film noir. Opening in an idyllic small town, the movie literalizes down-and-out detective Jeff Bailey's confrontation with his past through an extended flashback depicting his moral downfall. Jeff's past exists in cities and exotic hideouts swathed in expressionistic shadows; Kathie (Jane Greer) may first appear as a beautiful vision in white, but, as she steps through a darkened doorway, momentarily blacking out her face, Jeff knows she's bad news. The past becomes the present as Jeff is inexorably drawn into a violent series of double-crossings that exemplify the noir universe's tangled amorality. The bad may be punished, but Out of the Past's downbeat ending draws the ultra-pessimistic conclusion that past mistakes are impossible to overcome, and redemption is not available even to those who want it. Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas were praised for their early starring turns as Jeff and Whit, as was Jane Greer for her lethal femme fatale. The film was remade in 1984 as Against All Odds.44684

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2014
UPC:
0888574043230
Original Release:
1947
Source:
Warner Archives
Sales rank:
20,130

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Jeff Bailey
Jane Greer Kathie Moffett
Kirk Douglas Whit Sterling
Rhonda Fleming Meta Carson
Richard Webb Jim
Steve Brodie Jack Fisher
Virginia Huston Ann Miller
Paul Valentine Joe Stefanos
Dickie Moore The Kid
Ken Niles Lloyd Eels
Victor Romito Waiter
Archie Twitchell Rafferty
Lee Elson Policeman
Caleb Peterson Man with Eunice
Jose Portugal Actor
Frank Wilcox Sheriff Douglas
Mary Field Marney
James Bush Doorman
Brooks Benedict Kibitzer
Mike Lally Kibitzer
Ted Collins Man
Mildred Boyd Woman
Theresa Harris Eunice
Wesley Bly Headwaiter
Tony Roux Jose Rodriguez
Eumenio Blanco Waiter
Michael Branden Rafferty
Wallace "Scotty" Scott Petey
John Kellogg Baylord
Oliver Blake Tillotson
Charles Regan Mystery Man
Harry Hayden Canby Miller
Adda Gleason Mrs. Miller
Manuel Paris Croupier
Homer Dickenson Kibitzer
Bill Wallace Kibitzer
Philip Morris Porter

Technical Credits
Jacques Tourneur Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Bau Makeup
Samuel E. Beetley Editor
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Warren B. Duff Producer
Geoffrey Homes Screenwriter
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Jack Okey Art Director
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Francis M. Sarver Sound/Sound Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Robert Sparks Producer
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Roy Webb Score Composer

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Out of the Past 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jacque Tourneur¿s ¿Out of the Past¿ is one of the quintessential film noirs. Everything, from Robert Mitchum¿s musings ¿ ¿Build my gallows high, baby¿ to the darkly mysterious environment is fraught with subtle entendre and troubling meaning. yet so fascinating that you can't turn away. Robert Mitchum is at his sleepy-eyed, dry and brooding best as Jeff Bailey, the ultra-cool, ultra savvy former P.I. hiding out from his former life as a gas station owner in a little alcove of existence that itself is absent from the mainstream world. But the past catches up with Bailey in the embodiment of callous, calculating career criminal, Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas). Whit and Jeff had some spurious goings on once upon a time, an old score that Whit isn¿t willing to overlook or concede once he finds Jeff. If that was not bad enough, Kathie Moffat (Jane Greer) enters the picture as the atypical femme fatale, whose bite is more venomous than the poisonous web of destruction and deceit that she manages to ensnare everyone in. This is a palpable taut thriller with few equals, an intellectual crime drama that puts its remake ¿Against All Odds¿ to shame. As is to be expected, the plot is anything but straight forward, leading to twists of convention that the first time viewer will be hard pressed to figure out or see coming. In keeping with Warner¿s current trend to not really do all that is required to completely remaster classic movies for DVD, the transfer of ¿Out of the Past¿ is just a bit above average. The gray scale is nicely balanced with deep solid blacks and whites that are relatively clean. There¿s a considerable amount of film grain and age related artifacts for a visual presentation that, while a considerable improvement over previously issued VHS tapes, is still below par. The audio is mono but nicely balanced. The more intent listener will notice some hiss. There¿s a very thorough audio commentary by James Ursini to round out your appreciation of the film. A good disc to add to your library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It arrived dented up and bent along the spine... I ended up returning it to a local store. Poor local store. Was really looking forward to watching this classic again, this time in hi def.
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