In HKoW, Robert Mitchum is at his so-hot-he’s-cool, bedroom-eyed best as Dan Milner, a rambler and a gambler, literally. Dan’s easy to like; how can you not trust a guy who sticks with milk or ginger ale instead of booze? (Of course, it’s implied that Dan has gotten in trouble with liquor in the past, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.) Dan is the kind of likable lug who really should get in the habit of looking before leaping. He seems to have been pretty successful at making a living from gambling (wish Dan was a real guy who could’ve given my late dad pointers), but Lady Luck hasn’t been returning his calls lately (dames—sheesh!). Dan has a funny feeling there’s more to his recent string of nigh-Kafkaesque mishaps than cold dice, especially when he’s accosted by a couple of smooth-talking, suit-clad jaspers: Corley (the uncredited Paul Frees, whose voice is well known to Team Bartilucci from both animated and live-action films, including another RKO classic, The Thing from Another World) and Thompson (Charles McGraw from The Narrow Margin and The Killers, who also narrates the film in early scenes). Corley and Thompson offer Dan a cool fifty grand to go to The Morros Lodge, a fabulous Mexican resort (filmed in Baja California) and await further instructions, no questions asked (well, few questions, anyway). Dan’s not entirely comfortable with the arrangement, but he sure can use the dough. Wonder if Dan’s ever heard a little story about a Trojan horse….?
|Dan rubs Lenore the right way!|
With that hat, Lenore can't help bewitching Dan!
|"Who's the rat saying I look like David O. Selznick?"|
|Dan's snooping has the blinds leading the blinds!|
|Dan and Mark saved Lenore the balcony seats!|
|Got a gambling problem? Don't call these guys!|
|"Don't you picturesquely pass out on me when I'm trying to torment you, young man!"|
|"Here's looking at you, Dan!"|
|"I'll pass, Nick, thanks anyway."|
|Profiles in hotness!|
|Dan and Lenore have their love to keep them warm! (Artificial fur optional.)|
Our own Ivan G. Shreve of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear also did a wonderful blog post earlier this year about His Kind of Woman, with special emphasis on Vincent Price; by all means, read it and enjoy!
More fun and clips from TCM here:
|"I tell you, Dan, I was THISCLOSE to having that Sierra Madre treasure...."|