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Thumbnail for Out of the Past (1947) Out of the Past (1947)

Basics Critics:86Viewers:73Rusty:77
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Film noirSub-Category: Thriller, Film noir, DramaNarrative location: San FranciscoRuntime: 96 - 97 minutesLanguage: English, American SignCountry: United StatesFilming location: MexicoDirector: Jacques TourneurScreenwriter: James M. Cain, Daniel Mainwaring, Frank FentonMusic: Roy WebbCinematography: Nicholas MusuracaStars: Kirk Douglas, Jane Greer, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Webb, Steve Brodie, Virginia Huston, Valia Valentinoff, Dickie Moore, Ken Niles, Robert Mitchum Producer: Warren B. DuffStudio: RKO PicturesAwards won: National Film RegistryAward details: (details at IMDb)

Out of the Past is a 1947 film noir directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas. The film was adapted by Daniel Mainwaring, with uncredited revisions by Frank Fenton and James M. Cain, from his novel Build My Gallows High. Film historians consider the film a superb example of film noir due to its convoluted, dark storyline, dark cinematography and classic femme fatale. The film's cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca also shot Tourneur's Cat People. In 1991, Out of the Past was added to the United States National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

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