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His Kind of Woman


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  • Format: NTSC, Black & White
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
  • Run Time: 120.0 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H0NJE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,642 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

This movie tries to be a film noir but ends up as a farce.
Operafilly
It's really not GONE WITH THE WIND but you would think that's what was being filmed considering all the time, care and especially money that was put into it.
Tom Without Pity
Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell are a good match--very sexy and sort of touching for two tough cookies.
Marilyn Jones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
The fact that "His Kind of Woman" achieves coherence is miraculous. One third of the film rewritten after its completion, reshoots, and scenes recast and reshot again at the insistence of executive producer Howard Hughes transformed this movie into particularly brutal film noir juxtaposed with romantic comedy and topped off with farce. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, but "His Kind of Woman" is splendid. The movie's title gives the impression of a clever romantic comedy featuring RKO's biggest stars at the time, Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell. And so it is. Sassy and sexy with sharp dialogue by Frank Fenton and Jack Leonard. But this is also, clearly and consciously, a menacing, introverted crime film in which Robert Mitchum's world-weary gambler has sold his fate without knowing what it is, and he's increasingly anxious to find out.

Crime boss Nick Ferraro (Raymond Burr) is eager to return to the United States to take control of his troubled syndicate but can't set foot over the U.S. border without being recognized. Ferraro's agent offers gambler Dan Milner (Robert Mitchum) $50,000 to leave the United States for a year so that Ferraro can assume Milner's identity to enter the U. S. Milner is to wait it out at a posh Mexican resort, Morro's Lodge. En route to the Lodge, Milner meets Lenore Brent (Jane Russell), a songstress claiming to be a millionaire, headed the same direction. At Morro's Lodge, Lenore tries to get a marriage proposal out of her daffy movie star boyfriend Mark Cardigan (Vincent Price). Cardigan is more interested in hunting. Lenore is more interested in Milner. And Milner is desperate to learn if he should expect a bullet in the head or a nice Mexican vacation. Eventually, an undercover U. S. Immigration agent (Tim Holt) arrives to clear up that mystery.
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Format: DVD
His Kind of Woman should be a mess, but somehow it emerges as a highly enjoyable insane asylum of a movie as much thanks to as in spite of the constant interference by Howard Hughes: credited to John Farrow, Richard Fleischer spent months shooting and reshooting the yacht finale at the mogul's whims in a desperate attempt to get out of his own studio contract. Even Raymond Burr's villain is a case of third time lucky after Howard Petrie and Robert J. Wilke played the part without meriting Hughes' approval. Snappy dialogue ("You're the guy who shot (him). How did it feel?" "He didn't say.") unlucky gamblers, fortune-hunting gals, randy Wall Street types (played by no less than Mr Magoo himself, Jim Backus), Nazi plastic surgeons, Italian mobsters, Robert Mitchum betting his shoe and ironing his money, and a very wonderful hotel set courtesy of Albert D'Agostino - this has everything Hughes' money could buy. Mitch and Jane Russell have real chemistry, and she comes over as far more genuinely likeable than in many of her contemporary roles: for all the chaos, you get the sense that they're actually having fun (certainly she looks genuinely happy when she sings in her opening scene). But the show belongs to Vincent Price's ham actor, who doesn't fear death - he's too well-known to die - loves guns, never shuns the spotlight - even if it is wielded by gun-toting mobsters - but isn't too wild about his wife. He should destroy the movie if you're still expecting the bleak noir it began as, but by the time he appears you know that this is a log ride that drifts with the prevailing current and his outrageous hamming somehow compliments the sadism and prolonged action of the extended finale perfectly.

A shame that the DVD has a noticeable scratch during the yacht sequences
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Jones on September 22, 2006
Format: DVD
Another S/M role for Raymond Burr (a la "Raw Deal") and what struck me as the strangest Vincent Price role ever...but they both work. Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell are a good match--very sexy and sort of touching for two tough cookies. One of the other reviews mentioned the strange juxtaposition of gut-wrenching violence and humor...you find yourself laughing and then wincing in the same two seconds. I loved this movie.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dennis C. Clements on January 15, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
This is an early gangster film that is great fun. Mitchum is duped into going to a resort in Mexico. Why? So his identity can be stolen and used by Raymond Burr, a gangster, who wants to return to the states but can't because he has been deported. The battle to maintain his ID is great fun to watch. Jane Russell is his love interest and is typical sultry Jane. Vincent Price is great as a Hollywood matinee idol who longs for real action rather than staged swordplay. This movie needs to be released on DVD. It is very hard to find on VHS and shows up occasionally on AMC or TNT. By the way this filmed all on the backlot of the studio but it sure feels like your in Mexico. I love this film, hope you will too. DCC
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Og Oggilby on January 30, 2007
Format: DVD
This will be an odd offbeat review so consider yourself warned. I first saw this movie on the late night channel as I was laying in a hospital bed at the age of 17. I was in agony I had driven myself to the hospital after I had an attack of a infected appendix. They could not get the surgeon sooner and I was NOT allowed any pain meds. A stupid bag of ice was all I had for the awful pain. So I had nothing to do while my surgeon sobered up except watch tv. So when this movie came on and I saw both Robert Mitchum and Vincent Price in his funniest role ever, I concentrated hard to avoid thinking about the pain. So I LOVE LOVE this movie because for me it kept me company and my mind off the agony of a inflamed appendix as I layed doubled over in a hospital bed alone at 4 a.m.. RKO built it's first new set since the war for this movie and it looks great. Just the combo of all the actors and the added comedy made 'this mess of a movie' quite good. It worked. Actually the whole idea and the way this film was made is really quite modern with many films doing the same thing today mixing crime, comedy and sadism together a la Pulp Fiction.
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