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Build My Gallows High

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1947
  • Jacques Tourneur
  • 96 mins
  • PG

Summary

Classic film noir starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas. Former private detective Jeff Bailey finds his violent past catching up with him when he's recognised by a customer at his gas station. The meeting reminds Bailey of the time he was hired to find the girlfriend of a gangster who disappeared with $40,000.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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).

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Credits

Cast

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Jeff Bailey / Jeff MarkhamRobert Mitchum
Kathie MoffatJane Greer
Whit SterlingKirk Douglas
Meta CarsonRhonda Fleming
JimRichard Webb
Jack FisherSteve Brodie
Ann MillerVirginia Huston
Joe StefanosPaul Valentine
The KidDickie Moore
Leonard EelsKen Niles

Crew

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DirectorJacques Tourneur

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
Black and white
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