Poster of the Day: River of No Return (1954)

tumblr_mrs65fUkxo1qh35m6o1_500River of No Return (Poster  for the original Polish release from 1967. Artist: Kazimierz Krolikowski)

“ONE THING ABOUT THIS, THE LONGER YOU LAST, THE LESS YOU CARE.” – Kay Weston

A saloon singer with a crooked, gambling boyfriend pair up with a reticent widower and his young son, to make it to safety up a raging river on a rickety raft following an Indian raid. Starring old friends, Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum – directed by Otto Preminger who had, by all accounts a pretty tricky shoot – namely in the shape of Monroe’s acting coach who would give the actress alternative directions, and Mitchum’s drinking problem… Still, the film is a fun, adventure-driven western with a strong and naturalistic performance from Marilyn who, after three blockbuster comedies in 1953, finally got a chance to douse that breathless voice of hers with (presumably) a good shot of whisky.  Interestingly, Marilyn later described River as her worst film. I disagree!

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Posted by Dixie Turner

Film of the Day: OUT OF THE PAST (1947)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAClassic noir directed by Jacques Tourneur

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Kathie Moffat: “I don’t want to die.”

Jeff Bailey: “Neither do I, Baby, but if I have to, I’m going to die last.”

Jane Greer in Out of the Past 1947 (4)

“YOU SAY TO YOURSELF, “HOW HOT CAN IT GET?” THEN, IN ACAPULCO, YOU FIND OUT.”

OUT OF THE PAST / BUILD MY GALLOWS HIGH

 Kathie Moffat (Jane Greer): “Don’t you see you’ve only me to make deals with now?”
Jeff Bailey: “Build my gallows high, baby.”