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- Bob Markovich
You really aren't supposed to take this movie too seriously. Instead, enjoy it for its shadowy, high-contrast black-and-white cinematography, its excellent chemistry between Russell and Mitchum, and its deftly balanced levity supplied by the one and only Vincent Price and, to a lesser degree, the late, great Jim Backus. Raymond Burr is also excellent as a decidedly two-dimensional heavy you love to hate--a typical role for Burr before he became the lawyer everyone wishes he had. Its setting is a shady little Mexican resort, which, like Rick's Cafe in "Casablanca," is a place those who savor intrigue would put at the top of their itinerary. Along with Price, who is priceless as a ham actor, Jim Backus is among its interesting guests as (what else) a successful businessman who happens to have a passion for poker. And while much of the movie is really a sendup of the film-noir classics of the period, it also presents an enticing contrast between a highly convincing Mitchum/Russell romance at an exotic resort and the potboiler-style menace supplied by Raymond Burr and his henchmen, who include a Dr. Mengele-style ex-Nazi. All of these elements make "His Kind Of Woman" one of my favorite escape movies. Take off your critic's hat and simply have fun!
Really Works With Price Around
Put me in near oblivion until Mr Price appears.Don't know if he was really like that in real life,but what a ham,and how funny.He really made the flick for me,and it was a good one anyway.Don't know what it was originally to be before Farrow's work was scrapped,but well worth watching.Thought Price looked very un-gun able,like his pal from art gallery fame and Jane Russell,the more I see her films,the more I do really like her.How she's dismissed because of The Outlaw,when she really deserves respect.
his kind of woman
- kevin sellers
Not my kind of movie. Definitely belongs in the "meh" hall of fame. Overly complicated but minimally involving story, lackluster writing and directorial pacing, over and under acting (the former from Jim Backus and Vincent Price, the later from the two leads) and not much heat between Bob and Jane. I do agree with my old pal Jeff, though, that the Mexican resort is enjoyably sleazy/expensive. It's obviously where Hollywood trash goes to unwind. (Can trash unwind? Nevermind.) Give it a C.
Vincent Price is priceless
- Jeff Boston
He is so hilarious in this film playing the biggest ham you'll ever see. Some scenes are laugh out loud funny. Mitchum has big shoulders, Burr has big eyes, and Russell has big ... hair. Of course, Backus plays a goofy and less-than-good man very well in this comic bookish but very entertaining flick. I also really liked the resort.
odd film noire
Jane Russell has not stood the test of time. The one remaining legacy is her breasts, and you there is a whole crop of young actresses with better figures and talents. Mitchum shows his talents even when placed this film with one of the most contorted plots in any film. Vincent Price was transitioning from semi serious roles into his better known genre as one of the kings of the horror films. There are numerous character actors who do their best to support the plot. Raymond Burr plays one of his last roles as a bad guy, switching to Perry Mason and other TV series. My be worth watching for the cast alone. Some going up and some going down in flames.
meandering and delicious
- ted baer
Almost every person on the screen is larger than life: Mitchum, Russell, Price and Burr. There is not an ounce of restraint between them. For such a collection of scene-grabbers the story better be dramatic, just shy of melodrama. And it is. The tale meanders, with highs and lows, action and intense dialogue, cross and double-cross. Best of all for such wild goings on, it is generously leavened with humor (Russell and Price.) Enjoy this film for what it is -- it seems the actors did -- and don't deplore what it is not: smooth, coherent, tight or plausible. Enjoy it, like eating jam right from the jar, sticky delicious, a bit much, but a lot of pleasure while you are doing it.
This movie is bad at all levels: casting, acting, directing, writing, pacing. It just gets worse and worse. Unbelievably bad!
- James Smith
Mitchum and Russell: a great pairing, both big hard people but very attractive; some corny dialogue, yes, but Price makes it fun; Burr almost always a good evilian. Good to see Marjorie Reynolds of Holiday Inn fame.
- David Patterson
This film started well, with Raymond Burr, in Italy, playing a Mafia leader, trying to get back to America. We are not told what Mitchum is up to, but because we take notice that his physical description matches Burr's characater, we figure out the "switcheroo" scenario. The setting goes to Mexico and we are basically stuck at this location for the rest of the film, other than the boat anchored offshore. The hotel shows well on film and there is an assortment of interesting characters. The Vincent Price character gradually becomes the hero, but he is so over-the-top that he becomes a rediculous figure. When he first appeared in his hunting garb I knew it was trouble ahead. His performance as a ship's captain on the way to the yacht, in the small boat was outrageous and beyond believability. That scene belonged in an Abbott and Costello movie. I'd have to say this potentially good film, imploded!
It's a shame that Mitchum and Russell never made more movies together. They would have been a fabulous team. Rated along with the best like Ladd and Lake, Hayworth and Ford, Fred and Ginger, Bogart and Bacall. Hughes had the right idea but unfortunatley it never came to be.
Great Movie, a must see.
Double feature with Macao,also Mitchum-Russell