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His Kind of Woman (1951)

A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle.

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John Farrow, Richard Fleischer (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Dan Milner
Jane Russell ... Lenore Brent
Vincent Price ... Mark Cardigan
Tim Holt ... Bill Lusk
Charles McGraw ... Thompson / Narrator
Marjorie Reynolds ... Helen Cardigan
Raymond Burr ... Nick Ferraro
Leslie Banning ... Jennie Stone (as Leslye Banning)
Jim Backus ... Myron Winton
Philip Van Zandt ... Jose Morro
John Mylong ... Martin Krafft
Carleton G. Young ... Gerald Hobson
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Storyline

Nick Ferraro, deported crime boss, needs to re-enter the USA. His plan involves "honest" gambler Dan Milner, who's subjected to a series of "misfortunes," then bribed to take a trip to Mexico. En route, Dan meets chanteuse Lenore Brent, truly his kind of woman. But on arrival at posh Morros Lodge in Baja California, Dan finds the ostensibly rich, carefree guests all playing roles...except, possibly, ham actor Mark Cardigan. What does Ferraro want with him? Can he trust anyone? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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They were two of a kind ! ...and bound to meet, but neither of them knew what such a meeting would mean!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

21 November 1951 (Congo) See more »

Also Known As:

Smiler with a Gun See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Farrow finished the film, but Howard Hughes brought in Richard Fleischer to add a few shots (Hughes himself co-wrote the ending with Fleischer). Fleischer ended up reshooting the entire film. See more »

Goofs

One of the three whip marks on Milner's back is missing when he escapes his captors and backs away down the ship's corridor. See more »

Quotes

Mark Cardigan: [the rescue boat he was "commanding" has sunk beneath him] Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground.
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Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by Jane Russell
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The first great anti-noir?
22 May 2001 | by the red duchessSee all my reviews

This brilliant and mind-boggling film noir might be more properly called an anti-noir, doing for the crime movie what 'The Missouri Breaks' would do for the Western. It's not every noir hero who both offers marriage guidance AND does his own ironing.

'His Kind of Woman' is, in fact, three movies. It starts off as a fairly straight film noir, although its poker-faced pastiche of 'Out of the Past' is a little TOO poker-faced. Then, when the hero goes to Mexico to meet the other characters, the plot stops dead and enters narrative limbo, in a kind of noir precursor to Bunuel's 'The Exterminating Angel': Six Noir Characters In Search Of A Plot.

Then lunacy truly takes hold, as the plot eventually arrives, and Vincent Price, playing a barmy ham actor, takes over from Mitchum (magnificent as ever, baffled and goaded by a plot even less alert than he!) as the presiding spirit, and turns a moody thriller into the giddiest farce, where all the unpleasant aspects of film noir (fatalism, misogyny) are happily overturned. Proof that genre-busting didn't begin with Melville or Godard.


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