Rent Out of the Past (1947)

4.0 of 5 from 104 ratings
1h 36min
Rent Out of the Past (aka Build My Gallows High) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas star in this quintessential film noir which catapulted Mitchum into superstardom and set the standard for the genre for years to come. When Kathie Moffett (Greer) shoots her admirer, Whit Sterling (Douglas), a big-time gambler, and absconds with $40,000 of his money, Starling hires private detective Jeff Bailey (Mitchum) to find her. Bailey leaves New York and catches up with Kathie in Mexico. Kathie denies taking the money and after falling for her charms, Bailey notifies Sterling that he could not find her.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Warren Duff
Writers:
Daniel Mainwaring, James M. Cain, Frank Fenton
Aka:
Build My Gallows High
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Romance, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/02/2007
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/11/2018
Run Time:
97 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Author / Film-Noir Specialist James Ursin

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Reviews (2) of Out of the Past

Called, Build My Gallows High, the the UK. - Out of the Past review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
19/06/2012

A brilliant Film Noir. The poetic dialogue. The gloomy cynicism, which allows no light in. The feeling that nothing can end well. The certainty of entrapment.

As when the lovers kiss among the fishing nets on the beach. Both under false names. Mitchum abandoning any sense of moral decency.

Sitting a trenchcoat in a Mexican bar with a big neon sign, thinking that he is the trap. But really it is Kathie Moffat, a femme fatale who can never let you down, because she can only ever be bad

And the lines that capture the pessimistic philosophy of film noir so exquisitely, in the casino, as Bailey watches Moffat lose at roulette.

"That's not the way to win.

Is there a way to win?

There's a way to lose more slowly..."

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

A trenchcoat of a film. - Out of the Past review by RhysH

Spoiler Alert
14/01/2017

It is probably de rigueur to state that this is film noir and it is one of the films that sets the standard and to some extent lays out the rules of the genre. This is the film that made Robert Mitchum, maybe the word wasn't in use, in this context, in 1947 but he is the epitome of "cool". His facial expression never changes whether his life is in danger or he is about to kiss the femme fatale and his vocal register remains on one level. It is a masterclass in non-acting acting. Jane Greer's performance is also understated, it exudes eroticism without even trying. The plot is complicated but following it is not necessary to enjoy the film, the dialogue by Daniel Mainwaring (aka novelist Geoffrey Holmes) crackles along with some great exchanges. At one point, I forget the details, he says to her something like "you're quite small" and she replies "I'm bigger than Napoleon." Great stuff.

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