Out of the Past (1947)

US WB Blu-ray edition

The old US DVD edition

Text below written 2017-03-15


A Masterpiece of Film Noir
with genre favourite Robert Mitchum and the iconic femme fatale Jane Greer
and easily on my, and surely on most other filmlover's, Film Noir Top Ten list. Directed by the visual master
Jaques Tourneur, the man behind atmospheric genre gems as Cat People and I Walked with a Zombie.

The Great Robert Mitchum plays the mysterious gas station owner Jeff Bailey, an outsider in the small town
of Bridgeport in the low Sierras, California. He's got a mute kid as assistant (played nicely by Dickie Moore)
and a girlfriend in the homely Ann (Virginia Huston) and on his free time he loves fishing (trout?) in the Sierra
mountains stream, and everything is copacetic until ...

His mysterious past catches up when a stranger with an unpleasant smirk on his face shows up making questions
about him. The man is Joe (Paul Valentine), an enforcer and underling to mob don Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas)
and he tells Jeff Markham, Markham is Jeff's real name, that the boss wants him up in Lake Tahoe, pronto.
Jeff tells Ann about his past ... and here comes the Flashback, the genre staple.

Jeff was once a private detective and was ordered to find Whit's lost girlfriend, Kathie Moffat (played in an un-
forgettable way by then 22 years old Jane Greer, the girlfriend of billionaire Howard Hughes), a sweet woman
that had stolen 40 000 USD from her beloved violence-proned boyfriend Whit, and this after trying to shoot him
to death. She fled to Mexico with her/his money and Jeff went hunting for her.
Did he find her? Yes, very much so, but as we all know, Mitchum is the biggest looser hero of the genre and the
gorgeous (and i mean GORGEOUS) but deadly dangerous Kathie easily lures him into her web, and the love
couples way to their doom is trodden. Greer's amazing performance made her an archetype of the Femme Fatale

Full screen 1.37:1 original ratio, black & white, english audio DTS-HD Master Audio with english subtitles SDH.
Extra a commentary audio track by Film Noir expert James Ursini