Build My Gallows High

Build My Gallows High

Jacques Tourneur (1947)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Also known as Out of the Past, this classic 1940s film noir contains a memorably languid performance by Robert Mitchum as the ultra-hard-boiled former private eye who falls for the woman (Jane Greer) he's been hired to track by gangster Kirk Douglas. Unfairly underrated for many years, this is in fact a stylish, atmospheric, highly watchable and strongly recommended movie from director Jacques Tourneur, who also made horror classics I Walked with a Zombie, Cat People and Night of the Demon. The film's scriptwriter, Daniel Mainwaring (writing here under the name Geoffrey Homes), also penned the sci-fi gem Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It was remade in 1984 as the inferior Against All Odds (with Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward).


A former private eye working in a petrol station receives a message from a gambler demanding a meeting. As he heads to the encounter, he relates the tale of how he was once hired to find the gambler's runaway girlfriend, and how that case had left the client holding a deadly grudge. Film noir, starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas and Rhonda Fleming.

Cast & Crew

Jeff Bailey / Jeff Markham Robert Mitchum
Kathie Moffat Jane Greer
Whit Sterling Kirk Douglas
Meta Carson Rhonda Fleming
Jim Richard Webb
Jack Fisher Steve Brodie
Ann Miller Virginia Huston
Joe Stefanos Paul Valentine
The Kid Dickie Moore
Leonard Eels Ken Niles
Director Jacques Tourneur
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: video