Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Robert Mitchum

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Robert Mitchum (1917-1997) was an iconic figure of post-war Hollywood, he embodied the rugged and solitary anti-hero of American film noir in a string of classic dramas and mysteries, including "Out of the Past" (1947), "His Kind of Woman" (1952), and "Angel Face." (1952) However, he proved versatile in almost every genre including westerns and thrillers.

He was well partnered with Jane Russell in a pair of steamy crime dramas, "His Kind of Woman" (1951) and "Macao" (1952), which made much of the stars' considerable sex appeal; and appeared opposite Jean Simmons (in several films, most notably 1952's "Angel Face") and Marilyn Monroe in the western "River of No Return" (1954).

In a career highlight, Mitchum tapped his menacing side for Charles Laughton's frightening thriller "Night of the Hunter" (1955) - a part which was incidentally Mitchum's favorite role - where his murderous con worked a fire-and-brimstone preacher facade while hot on the trail of two children who know the location of hidden loot.

The film kicked off a new chapter in Mitchum's film roles - one that emphasized richer, more nuanced characters for the actor, including "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" (1957) with Mitchum in a BAFTA-nominated turn as a WWII Marine shipwrecked with nun Deborah Kerr. He sent chills up the audiences' collective spines as an unrepentant sex criminal who terrorizes lawyer Gregory Peck and his family in "Cape Fear" (1962).

Robert Mitchum is #23 on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest male American screen legends of all time. (TCM)

Nevada (1944)

West of the Pecos (1945)

Crossfire (1947)

Crossfire (1947)

Out of the Past (1947) Italian poster

Pursued (1947)

The Big Steal (1949)

The Big Steal (1949) Belgian poster

Where Danger Lives (1950)

His Kind of Woman (1951)

The Racket (1951)

Angel Face (1952)

Macao (1952)

The Lusty Men (1952)

The Lusty Men (1952) Italian poster

White Witch Doctor (1953)

River of No Return (1954)

River of No Return (1954) Italian poster

Track of the Cat (1954)

Night of the Hunter (1955)

Bandido! (1956) French poster

Fire Down Below (1957)

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

The Enemy Below (1957)

The Enemy Below (1957)

Thunder Road (1958) Italian poster

The Wonderful Country (1959) Belgian poster

Home from the Hill (1960) Belgian poster

The Sundowners (1960)

Cape Fear (1962)

Rampage (1963)

Mister Moses (1965) Belgian poster

El Dorado (1966)

El Dorado (1966) Italian poster

The Way West (1967) French poster

Anzio (1968)

Villa Rides! (1968)

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1968) French poster

Young Billy Young (1969)

Ryan's Daughter (1970)

The Wrath of God (1972)

The Yakuza (1974) Spanish poster

The Yakuza (1974) Japanese poster

Farewell my Lovely (1975)

The Amsterdam Kill (1977)

The Big Sleep (1978)

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