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His Kind of Woman

His Kind of Woman (1951)

August. 15,1951
| Action Thriller Crime Romance

Nick Ferraro, deported crime boss, needs to re-enter the USA. His plan involves "honest" gambler Dan Milner, who's subjected to a series of "misfortunes," then bribed to take a trip to Mexico. En route, Dan meets chanteuse Lenore Brent, truly his kind of woman. But on arrival at posh Morros Lodge in Baja California, Dan finds the ostensibly rich, carefree guests all playing roles...except, possibly, ham actor Mark Cardigan. What does Ferraro want with him? Can he trust anyone?


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I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.


It's an amazing and heartbreaking story.


This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.


Vincent Price really made this movie fun.It was good,but he just gave it much more.Can't believe everyone wouldn't be falling over laughing during his scenes.His great hunter/fisherman is an absolute hoot,and Mitchum's character needs his help like no other.He organizes the rescue team when Mitchum is fighting for his life.It is a serious movie,except for Price's scenes,and Jane Russell is excellent,as Mitchum,McGraw is typical bad guy,Burr okay with good performance,but would've like Lee Van Cleef better as gangster.Burr too soft and Van Cleef has reputation as cruel dude in different films.Glad Price didn't get taken out while he cleaned out the bad guys.


If you enjoy film noir, you'll find this very entertaining. Bob Mitchum and Jane Russell teamed up for two of these thrillers for RKO, "HKOW" in 1951 and they followed it up with "Macao" the next year. Both play similar characters, Mitchum is a drifter and a loner in both, Jane is a nightclub singer in "Macao" in "HKOW" she is pretending to be a wealthy heiress(who also happens to sing)but actually is a gold digger, having her sights set on the famous actor Mark Cardigan, played hilariously by Vincent Price. Bob and Jane meet in a cantina in a Mexican border town and share a plane to a resort called the Morros on the Baja coast. Jane is supposed to meet Cardigan there, while Mitchum has been hired by the mob to go there so his identity can be stolen by mob boss Nick Ferrraro (Raymond Burr)No need to get too wound up with the details of the plot, it's fun just to sit back and enjoy some old familiar faces in this. Charles McGraw, one of the more underrated dramatic actors of the era delivers a solid performance as one of the mob guys. Jim Backus, who would later entertain us as Mr. Magoo & Thurston Howell, provides laughs as a resort guest, Tim Holt drops in as an undercover Fed agent and Philip van Vandt, veteran bad guy of the Shemp era Three Stooges shorts is the owner of the resort. But Price steals every scene as a egotistical and hammy actor who actually leads the rescue of Mitchum from the mob. Mitchum is cool as always and Jane Russell, at pinnacle of her career, is sexy and funny. Unfortunately, that peak only had about 3-4 more years at the top and by the end of the decade just was virtually done in movies...too bad. My only complaint is that they stretched out the rescue scene way too long as it alternated between being serious drama on the ship, as Mitchum is about to be tortured by Burr and his mob henchman, to chaotic comedy as Price is trying to organize to hapless local federales into a posse to rescue Mitchum.


I found - then watched this movie by accident on TCM last night - and so very happy I did so. The crew and cast must have had a ball making it. I laughed several times during viewing the movie. The wonderful sinking of the 'rescue' life boat looking like Washington crossing the Deleware River gone very wrong is a classic. And that is just one of many scenes that are truly inspired. And the Mitchum and Russell banters throughout the movie were wonderful. What a great pair of actors complimented by the performances of Vincent Price, Raymond Burr and Tim Holt - among many others. Howard Hughes must be smiling "down from heaven"? at the fine movie he produced. He deserves our thanks for the final product.


Up to about 70 minutes It would have rated the film considerably higher. The razor-sharp dialogue really makes the film, especially that between Mitchum and Russell.However it's never very clear where the plot is going, and eventually it falls apart spectacularly. Vincent Price seems to belong in a different film, and the constant switching between his scenes and Mitchum's in the final act is jarring to say the least. Having expertly established a mood, it seems bizarre that the film-makers chose to puncture it with broad comedy. I think they should have rewritten the final act to include Russell, as it makes no sense for her character not to play a pivotal role in the final scenes.In the end I was left disappointed, as I thought that with a better and less baggy ending this could have been one of the all-time Film Noir classics.Fine but too long, by about half an hour.