A stranger uncovers the secret past of a small town gas station owner which draws him back into the shadowy world he was trying to escape.
This was Robert Mitchum’s first starring role and it’s easy to see why he became a star; he is superb as the ex-private eye who falls for the charms of one of the quintessential femme fatales in the shape of Jane Greer. Kirk Douglas also gives brilliant support as the great manipulator looking for revenge and the web of deceit he weaves makes for an intriguing plot that’s complex without being overly convoluted. The icing on the cake is the artistic eye of Jacques Tourneur who makes the film one of the most visually attractive crime dramas ever made.
Years ahead of its time, Out Of The Past is one of the cornerstones of Film Noir.