His Kind of Woman (1951): Film Noir, Starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell

A compromised film that doesn’t bear a single vision (or signature), His Kind of Woman is a film noir, largely shot by John Farrow, and then radically changed in the editing room by RKO executive producer Howard Hughes and director Richard Fleischer (among others).

The supporting cast includes Vincent Price, Raymond Burr and Charles McGraw.

It began as a loose adaptation of Gerald Drayson‘s unpublished story, “Star Sapphie,” but during the shoot and afterwards, Hughes added dialogue and scenes, due to his dissatisfaction with John Farrow’s work.

To that extent, Hughes recruited the young and promising director, Richard Fleischer, who had just finished the good noir film, The Narrow Margin, also for RKO.

Other writers and editors also contributed (uncredited) to the final movie.


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