OUT OF THE PAST (1947; 1953 reissue)
Vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) still photo, USA. Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, dir: Jacques Tourneur; RKO. One of the darkest — and most fatalistic — of all the classics of film noir. Jeff, a detective (Mitchum) tries to escape his past and a promise he once made to a mysterious gambler (Douglas).
When Douglas made this film his career was just beginning. As a result, it is very difficult to find photos that show him. This is a troubling image from late in the film: Douglas has his hand on Mitchum’s shoulder; a pleasant smile on his face masks the fact that he intends to frame Mitchum for murder. FINE.