His Kind of Woman

1951

John Farrow
Director
RKO Radio Pictures
Studio

Vicious gangster Nick Ferraro, exiled to Italy, devises a plan to get back into the US--by taking the face of aimless gambler Dan Milner, who has neither friends nor family. When Milner decides to not go through with the deal, Ferraro decides to take his face anyway, by force.

Not quite a comedy, not quote a noir, His Kind of Woman manages to survive the inept meddling of producer Howard Hughes and emerges as something completely different from anything else, indeed becoming one of the best films of its era. Possibly the best way to describe it is as a boys' adventure for grown-ups. Mitchum and Russell are wonderful together (whoever says Russell can't act never saw this film), but the movie belongs to Vincent Price, whose glorious hammy role was obviously embraced by him, as well as giving him a chance to put his native Missouri accent to good use! The rest of the cast is equally fine, especially Raymond Burr; it's definitely something to see Perry Mason playing such a sadistically evil character, and it's easy to see this is the part that got him the plum role in Rear Window.

Note: Many of the credit attributions given in the IMDb and other sources are apparently incorrect; given the amount of reshooting that occurred, it's possible quite a few of the uncredited actors are not present in the final film.

-Dave W.



29th August 1951
Cinema

Not Rated

120 mins
1.37:1




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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 Young
Gerald Hobson
(as Carleton G. Young)
Paul Frees
Corley (uncredited)
Joel Fluellen
Sam (uncredited)
Tol Avery
The Fat One
(uncredited)
Mickey Simpson
The Fat One's Henchman
(uncredited)
Paul Fierro
The Fat One's Henchman
(uncredited)
Bob Rose
Corley's Servant
(uncredited)
Joseph Granby
Arnold (uncredited)
Robert Cornthwaite
Hernandez (uncredited)
James Burke
Nogales Barkeep
(uncredited)
Sally Yarnell
Pianist (uncredited)
John Sheehan
Guitarist (uncredited)
Daniel De Laurentis
Mexican Boy
(uncredited)
Dan White
Tex Kearns
(uncredited)
Ernö Verebes
Esteban (uncredited)
Stacy Harris
Harry (uncredited)
Gerry Ganzer
Countess in Cardigan's Film
(uncredited)
Mamie Van Doren
Lodge Guest
(uncredited)
Richard Bergren
Milton Stone
(uncredited)
Dorothy Abbott
Card Player
(uncredited)
Barry Brooks
Card Player
(uncredited)
Joey Ray
Card Player
(uncredited)
Peter Brocco
Thompson's First Henchman
(uncredited)
Mike Lally
Thompson's Second Henchman
(uncredited)
Bill Nelson
Tropico Captain
(uncredited)
Bud Wolfe
Seaman (uncredited)
Sol Gorss
Seaman (uncredited)
Gil Perkins
Seaman (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel
Seaman (uncredited)
John Daheim
Seaman (uncredited)
Charles Horvath
Seaman (uncredited)
Anthony Caruso
Tony (uncredited)
William Justine
Ship's Engineer
(uncredited)
Alberto Morin
Lieutenant Rodriguez
(uncredited)
Jerry James
Policeman (uncredited)
Edwin Rand
Policeman (uncredited)
Barbara Freking
Lodge Guest
(uncredited)
Stuart Holmes
Lodge Guest
(uncredited)
Bert Stevens
Lodge Guest
(uncredited)
Ralph Gomez
Mexican Boatman
(uncredited)
King Donovan
Reporter (uncredited)
Len Hendry
Reporter (uncredited)
Mary Brewer
Lodge Guest
(uncredited)
Gwen Caldwell
Lodge Guest
(uncredited)
Oliver Cross
Lodge Guest
(uncredited)
Jim Davies
Lodge Guest
(uncredited)
Don House
Lodge Guest
(uncredited)
Geraldine Jordan
Lodge Guest
(uncredited)
Joy Windsor
Lodge Guest
(uncredited)
Howard Batt
Pilot (uncredited)
Danny Borzage
Lodge Bartender
(uncredited)
Marietta Elliott
Redhead (uncredited)
Henry Guttman
Man (uncredited)
Ken Terrell
Gunman (uncredited)
Robert J. Wilke
Nick Ferraro (scenes deleted)
Maria Sen Young
Lodge Waitress
(uncredited)

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