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His Kind of Woman Reviews

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February 24, 2013
Superior Fun; a Noir Satire with Adventure; Intricate and Enjoyable Fare...--Fabulous Tongue-in-Cheek Film Adventure!!
February 28, 2014
Apparently, Howard Hughes exerted a lot of control over this film noir starring his discovery Jane Russell and Robert Mitchum when he ran RKO. So much control, in fact, that he took a typical noir plot (Mitchum is a loner who accepts money and a trip to Mexico from the mob, not knowing that they wish to kill him and transplant his face onto their deported crime boss, Raymond Burr, so he can re-enter the country) and made it into a crazy mess. Vincent Price introduces slapstick comedy and a very different acting style from Mitchum, hogging most of the screen time in the latter half of the movie, after being introduced as a minor character. This basically tears the film into two - a satire about Hollywood action heroes (Price!) and a dark noir with a lot of extreme violence. And yeah Jane Russell sings some songs. Thumbs up for weirdness!
November 20, 2013
A thoroughly enjoyable story full of twists and turns with our favourite ham, Vincent Price providing the comic relief.
Dave J
November 1, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010

(1951) His Kind of Woman

Sometimes serious and sometimes comedic 'film noir' starring Robert Mitchum as Dan Milner crossing paths with gangster Nick Ferraro played by Raymond Burr. A very odd plot device which has something to with re-entering back into the US which almost serves almost as a backdrop to the chemistry between it's actors particularly between Mitchum and Jane Russell as Lenore Brent. The actors and what they do stand out more than the storyline especially Vincent Price, a highly unusual and surprisingly in a good guy role.

3.5 out of 4
October 13, 2013
Oddball comedy/film noir from producer Howard Hughes, initially directed by John Farrow and then almost entirely reshot by director Richard Fleischer. The film is a crazy hodgepodge of ideas and story lines, but it all seems to go together in some outrageous fashion that's made it something of a cult classic. Robert Mitchum is brought down to Mexico under the guise of a big payoff, where he runs into the gorgeous Jane Russell. At the resort is also Raymond Burr as a Lucky Luciano-like figure hiding out, Vincent Price as a hammy actor providing some satire of Hollwood and Jim Backus as a funny busybody tourist. There's also Tim Holt and Charles McGraw. Mitchum and Russell are a great on-screen couple, but Vincent Price manages to steal every scene he's in and this is probably my favorite of his non-horror film roles. Since the film is a hodgepodge of ideas all thrown together, it does end up feeling a bit over long, but it's all so fun, it's hard to complain too much.
June 21, 2013
Price's role was priceless as the conceited thespian quoting Shakespeare during perilous moments. gr8 chemistry between mitchum and russell makes gr8 double feature with 'macao' both r faves of mine
March 17, 2013
A gambler is brought to a Mexican resort and is part of a deported gangster's plans to re-enter the United States. The film has a great atmosphere filled with eeriness and sexual tension. However, the slow pace is not as impressive and sucks a lot of the energy out of the story.
August 22, 2012
"His Kind of Woman!" - heh heh. Kind of a silly title, if you ask me, but you know what they say - don't judge books...or their titles. I had a rollicking good time with this one. Defying straight genre categorization, it can only be accurately labeled as 'film noir meets marriage/divorce comedy'. Howard Hughes produced this interesting and quirky gem and was responsible for much of the creative process, including the enhanced development of a few of the supporting characters, the screenplay of the last third of the movie, and probably for more of the direction than John Farrow, the official director.

Robert Mitchum stars as Dan Milner, a 'down on his luck' gambler. Mitchum is cool, distant, subtle, sleepy-eyed - he's...well, he's Robert Mitchum. HIs Milner is "hired" and lured to a Mexican resort island and consequently into a labyrinthine scheme where he and we don't find out what's really happening until an hour or so has passed in the picture's running time. But the lead-up is a fun and enticingly meandering one, and the film finishes with a wild ride. Through it all Mitchum encounters a collection of entertaining and offbeat characters and the script brims with typically noir-esque snappy dialogue. One of my favourite exchanges goes like this - "[Thompson /Charles McGraw]: Put the gun down now. The guy behind you has a bigger one. [Dan Milner/Mitchum]: Let's keep it nice and polite, huh? Have him introduce himself. [Gunsel]: I'm the man with the gun. [Milner/Mitchum): Ok, so you're a man. How could I tell?"

Hughes protege (truth be told, she was really 'his' kind of woman) and familiar Mitchum female co-star Jane Russell is the ostensible femme fatale, but she's really a good girl at heart. She sings, titillates (so to speak - even in this, the era of the Breen Production Code Administration and its tight "moral" codes), and of course becomes a love interest. The delicious cast of characters includes Raymond Burr as Nick Ferraro, a deported gangster; Tim Holt as Bill Lusk, a U.S. Immigration agent; and Jim Backus (Mr. Howell from "Gilligan's Island") as Myron Winton, a rich and carefree bumbler of sorts (quite a stretch, eh - but he's very good, so "do what you do well", sayeth I). However, none in the cast is more colourful and engaging than Vincent Price, who more often than not steals the show as Mark Cardigan, a hammy Errol Flynn-like action adventure movie star who gets his shot to save the day "for real" in the film's last couple of acts, quoting Shakespeare at every turn (especially "Hamlet") during his timely derring-do ("Now might I drink hot blood and do such bitter business the earth would quake to look upon").

The cinematography was done by Harry J. Wild, who worked under Greg Toland on Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane", so the film also looks great in addition to its other merits, in beautiful black-and-white with of a multitude of artistic shadows and plenty of Welles-like camera angles.

But I still think the title is funny.

Super Reviewer

May 7, 2012
Must enjoyable drama with thanks to Vincent Price a lot of comedy overtones. He is so wonderfully ripe as a ham actor who gets a chance to perform acts of derring do for real. Mitchum and Jane Russell make a great team as usual.
August 18, 2011
Unique movie! In a desperate attempt to get out of debt, gambler Dan (Mitchum) agrees to meet a mysterious contact at a Mexican resort in exchange for $50,000. Upon arriving, Milner meets his fellow guests, including a plastic surgeon, a movie star (Price) and his girlfriend (Russell). Soon Milner discovers that the man who hired him is the ruthless gangster Nick Ferraro-- a deported Italian gangster who wants his face. "His Kind of Woman" is definitely what you can call one of a kind. It's corky, and has a great mix of film noir, black comedy, romance, and especially action. It's a surprise this movie was so entertaining. Absurd Howard Hughes was in charge of the entire production and caused a lot of chaos throughout, and nobody could really tell what the results would be. Luckily, it went down the good route. This was the first of the two Mitchum/Russell pairings (the second being "Macao" in 1952), and it's easy to see why this movie made them such a hot pair. Their chemistry is top-notch, and was most likely caused by their close friendship in real life. Aside from that, their performances are really good, Mitchum is believable as the guy dragged into the mess, and Russell as the tough-talking, beautiful girl that's the "prize". "His Kind of Woman" is a cool, film noir that's a great hidden gem.

Super Reviewer

September 5, 2010
I really liked this movie, it has both Robert Mitchum and Vincent Price. Price gives a hilarious performance, which I just love, and Mitchum plays the main character who is involved in a web of suspense. It's a really cool movie, but there are some slow scenes in the beginning. Overall a really good movie, though, I like it.
Brody M

Super Reviewer

April 24, 2010
The only good thing about this movie was Vincent Price
Michael G

Super Reviewer

July 16, 2007
Some fun 3rd-string film noir with Robert Mitchum playing... well, Robert Mitchum with a really good cast. Most of the action takes place at an upscale Mexican resort and as a result, His Kind of Woman feels a bit claustrophobic before it moves the too-long climax to a boat. Admittedly flawed, this movie's about 20-30 minutes too long, but Jane Russell's reasonably foxy and Vincent Price is great, even if he gets a tad overbearing (think Bill Murray not shutting the hell up for the last half hour of Ghostbusters) towards the end.
December 18, 2007
A strange combination of Film-Noir and comedy. And somehow it works. Especially at the end where it's absolutely hilarious at times.
November 29, 2007
The title's a bit misleading. There's some romance in it, and no doubt Jane Russell looks amazing, but this boils down to a hard-boiled crime tale with a hard-boiled crime hero in Robert Mitchum. But the real treat in this one is Vincent Price as a hammy Hollywood movie star who finds his calling as Mitchum's eager wingman. It's a nice preview of his even hammier acting in great AIP flicks like "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" and "Theater of Blood".
August 26, 2007
My kind of Guy...Robert Mitchem
August 9, 2007
Loved it. Sexy and sly.
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