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½ October 11, 2015
Good plot, but terrible acting and direction. Silly ending. Too long.
½ October 9, 2015
I know you were trying to needle me now but you can't do it, my pet.

A gangster and his super hot babe reside in a Mexican resort after getting deported from the United States. They become friends with a poker player who may be able to help them achieve their goal of returning to the US; however, the poker player may or may not be after the girl and could care less about the gangster. A strange series of events ensue.

"He's been so nice to both of us."
"Especially you."

John Farrow, director of How to Get Around the World in 80 Days, Hondo, The Big Clock, Wake Island, California, You Came Along, and Copper Canyon, delivers His Kind of Woman. The storyline for this picture is okay, unpredictable, and contains some interesting twists. The characters are fairly dynamic and the acting is pretty good. The cast includes Robert Mitchum, Vincent Price, Tim Holt, Jane Russell, and Charles McGraw.

"You're the strangest man I've ever known."
"What makes you think you know me?"

I grabbed this off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) because of the all star cast. This was entertaining with some fun and entertaining characters. Some aspects of the movie were cheesy, but it was entertaining enough to watch unfold. This is a nice addition to the genre but far from an all time classic.

"It's too bad we both have to die for something so rotten."

Grade: B-
½ July 31, 2015
Not a bad film noir with an unusual tropical setup. Jane Russell was at her best, Mitchum solid and price was a great melodrama.
July 21, 2015
great movie...fun ..clever.. great old time entertainment...timeless
May 16, 2015
You have to give credit to Howard Hughes because the man knew how to make a film everyone could enjoy. Hughes' RKO Pictures produced His Kind of Woman in 1951 with John Farrow directing. Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell lead, while Vincent Price, Jim Backus, Raymond Burr and Tim Holt support. The film is similar to another Robert Mitchum film noir - Out of the Past (1947, Jacques Tourneur) - with it's Mexican setting, gangster/mobster antagonist, and rich film noir nuances. Yet it departs from film noir in three key aspects: (1) there is a subdued, battle-of-the-sexes banter throughout, which is usually found in romantic comedies; (2) a (genuine) exciting thriller aspect, and (3) it's beach resort, not urban, landscape. Wickedly sharp dialogue peppers the screen, while cinematography as an art form is at fever pitch. Mitchum is in classic form and has no trouble at all; Russell, a longtime Hughes protégé and fine actress herself, gives a sensual yet not quite femme fatal performance as she is more Mitchum's equal throughout; and of course Vincent Price's expanded role here as a ham actor/amateur hunter infusing the film with comedy and unexpected loyalty. Also, several other actors break type in this film: Raymond Burr as the Lucky Luciano-esque gangster, Tim Holt as a fed., and Jim Backus playing a devil-with-a-grin resort guest. This film bends genres in the very best of ways. Highly recommended!
January 3, 2015
A more glamorous example of film noir that ranks among the best, without necessarily being a true contender to the very best. The plot is decent, without it being exactly what most would call riveting, mainly because it's just too baggy by about half an hour. The two leads though in Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell are quite simply stars that you just don't get any more. Russell in particular looks otherworldly, and she is at least given something to do with a good portion of lines, plot relevance, and a couple of songs to sing. Which is nice. Vincent Price is a great addition in support, and the closing scenes are both action packed and quite funny. Well worth a look for fans of classics, but it may be too slack for the more modern film fan.
½ June 22, 2014
Superior Fun; a Noir Satire with Adventure; Intricate and Enjoyable Fare...--Fabulous Tongue-in-Cheek Film Adventure!!
½ 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.
½ October 17, 2013
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 movies...by 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
½ 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.
½ 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.
August 10, 2011
Pryce/Mitchum feels like a superhero crossover Ă  la Wolwerine meets Superman: they really shouldn't be in the same movie but it's great fun to watch.
½ June 12, 2011
If for no other reason, this movie must be seen for the Vincent Price performance. Mitchum is cool, sure. And the twisting story of mob bosses, dames, plastic surgery, and drunken expatriates is fine. But Price is far more then worth the price of admission. His genius performance as a twisted version of himself is alternately sad, charming, and exceptionally funny. A good deal of it actually feels ad-lib, and I gather this film was kind of slap-dash, with script pages being written on the day. But it doesn't stop it from being entertaining. And, certainly Jane Russell is easy on the eyes, but she's also charmingly tough. The ending is a touch drawn out, but the film is enjoyable.
½ March 18, 2011
Great chemistry between Russell and Mitchum. A very funny, if distracting, turn from Vincent Price. 1951 came quite late in the noir era and you can almost see this movie becoming more conventional as it plays out. But some great moments, particularly in the early scenes and the confrontation with villain Raymond Barr, and stunning to look at as one might expect.
February 6, 2011
Howard Hughes vehicle for Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell, though the goods come from Vincent Price as a ham actor who teams with Mitchum to fight bad guy Raymond Burr.
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