Monday, February 18, 2008

Dueling chin dimples

[Kirk Douglas (Whit Sterling) and Robert Mitchum (Jeff Markham), in Out of the Past, dir. Jacques Tourneur (1947).]

Reviewing Out of the Past in the New York Times (November 26, 1947), Bosley Crowther was lukewarm: "If only we had some way of knowing what's going on in the last half of the film, we might get more pleasure from it. As it is, the challenge is worth a try." It is, but there's a lot to be said for surrendering to ambience too.

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Anonymous said...

In the Duel of the Chin Dimples, I am rooting for Kirk!

Tom the Piper's Son said...

And Kirk has the stronger jaw - you couldn't have Robert Mitchum playing Spartacus, after all. He'd be at the local watering hole, waiting for the carnage to blow over.