His Kind of Woman Reviews
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."
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."
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.
(1951) His Kind of Woman
THRILLER/ SUSPENSE/ FILM NOIR
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
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.