Robert Mitchum makes quite the film noir character in Out of the Past. He’s fascinating to watch as he reacts to the doings of Jane Greer, a woman that one should not trust. The 1947 film also stars Kirk Douglas in his second film role. He’s the gangster that hires Mitchum’s character to find Greer. Everyone acts nice and cool and slings laconic dialog around:
“You can never help anything, can you? You’re like a leaf that the wind blows from one gutter to another.”
“Joe couldn’t find a prayer in the Bible.”
“It was the bottom of the barrel, and I was scraping it”
Like many film noirs, the movie is quite satisfied to stay away from a happy ending with rainbows and lollipops. After all, it is Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas. One should expect gunshots and doublecrosses.