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His Kind of Woman

His Kind of Woman(1951)

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The working titles of this film were Smiler with a Gun and Killer with a Smile. The title of Frank Fenton and Jack Leonard's screen story was "The Big Bullet." Onscreen credits note that Jane Russell sang the Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson song "You'll Know" in the picture. A third song by McHugh and Adamson, titled "Kiss and Run," was written for the film but not used, according to an April 1950 Hollywood Reporter news item. Opening scenes include brief voice-over narration and inserts of maps. Although early 1949 Hollywood Reporter news items reported that RKO owned the rights to a Gerald Drayson Adams' screenplay entitled Star Sapphire, which was re-titled His Kind of Woman in late 1949, and that Robert Mitchum and Russell were to star in that project, it does not appear that Adams' script is related to this picture. According to a February 1949 Hollywood Reporter item, Star Sapphire is the story of a doctor who becomes an amateur sleuth in order to clear his name.
       In October 1949, Hollywood Reporter announced that John Cromwell was being considered as the director of His Kind of Woman. RKO borrowed Leslye Banning from Universal-International for the production. According to the Newsweek review, RKO producers Jerry Wald and Norman Krasna "doctored" the picture, which RKO head Howard Hughes ordered shelved for fifteen months. The exact nature of Wald and Krasna's contribution to the final film, if any, has not been determined. Many reviewers commented on the film's two-hour running time, noting that the studio planned to cut approximately thirty minutes of footage before the picture's general release, but these cuts apparently were never made. Various news items reported that the film ran afoul of London censors because a billboard painted by Mario Zamparelli advertising the picture showed too much of Russell's cleavage. Modern sources note that the London censors also objected to the billboard's "tag line"-"the hottest combination ever." To appease the censors, the line, written by Hedda Hopper to describe the teaming of Russell and Mitchum, was changed to "the greatest combination ever." Just prior to the picture's Los Angeles September 1951 release, a thirty-ton, gilt-framed reproduction of Zamparelli's oil painting was erected on the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire Boulevards, according to news items. According to modern sources, Raymond Burr actually knocked out Mitchum during a take of their fight scene. Modern sources add Mamie Van Doren to the cast, but she was not identifiable in the viewed print.