Starring Robert Mitchum

Starring Robert Mitchum

29 Episodes

Original Hollywood bad boy Robert Mitchum’s blend of rugged masculinity, antiauthoritarian attitude, and lightly bemused irony made him one of the defining faces of postwar film noir, a genre upon which he left an indelible mark in stone-cold classics like OUT OF THE PAST, CROSSFIRE, and ANGEL FACE. Unnervingly at home in antihero roles, he embodied some of the most frightening villains in all of cinema, including the menacing, knuckle-tattooed preacher in Charles Laughton’s dark fairy tale THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER and the psychotic ex-con out for revenge in the terrifying home-invasion thriller CAPE FEAR. But out of the noir shadows, Mitchum’s nonchalant air and unforced naturalism lent something special to a wide array of films, including William A. Wellman’s fascinatingly stylized snowbound western TRACK OF THE CAT and Vincente Minnelli’s florid family melodrama HOME FROM THE HILL. Encompassing Mitchum’s autumnal turns in films like the world-weary crime drama THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE and Jim Jarmusch’s DEAD MAN, this career-spanning tribute to the legend known as “Old Rumple Eyes” is proof positive that he was, quite simply, one of the all-time coolest guys ever to grace the screen.

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Starring Robert Mitchum
  • Starring Robert Mitchum Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Imogen Sara Smith on Robert Mitchum

    Episode 2

    The following interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith was recorded in 2021.

  • Till the End of Time

    Episode 3

    Directed by Edward Dmytryk • 1946 • United States
    Starring Dorothy McGuire, Guy Madison, Robert Mitchum

    In 1946, three soldiers who paid dearly to defend their country come home and attempt to resume the lives they led before World War II. Cliff Harper (Guy Madison) returns physically unharmed b...

  • Crossfire

    Episode 4

    Directed by Edward Dmytryk • 1947 • United States
    Starring Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan

    This gritty film noir made history as the first Hollywood film to confront antisemitism. Three of the era’s most celebrated Roberts—Young, Mitchum, and Ryan—star in the hard-hitting tale of a pol...

  • Rachel and the Stranger

    Episode 5

    Directed by Norman Foster • 1948 • United States
    Starring Loretta Young, William Holden, Robert Mitchum

    Widower frontiersman David Harvey (William Holden) wants to raise his young son, Davey (Gary Gray), to become an educated Christian. To help keep his home and serve as a mother, Harvey takes i...

  • The Red Pony

    Episode 6

    Directed by Lewis Milestone • 1949 • United States
    Starring Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Louis Calhern

    John Steinbeck adapted his own classic novella for this sensitive tale of a young boy (Peter Miles) growing up in California’s Salinas Valley who, under the guidance of a venerable ranch hand (Ro...

  • The Big Steal

    Episode 7

    Directed by Don Siegel • 1949 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, William Bendix

    OUT OF THE PAST stars Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer reteamed for this exciting chase across Mexico, shot on location and directed with taut efficiency by genre expert Don Siegel. Framed for the robb...

  • Where Danger Lives

    Episode 8

    Directed by John Farrow • 1950 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue, Claude Rains

    Young doctor Jeff Cameron (Robert Mitchum) is drawn into a web of deceit when he falls for his passionate but troubled patient Margo (Faith Domergue), not knowing she is married. A violent encoun...

  • His Kind of Woman

    Episode 9

    Directed by John Farrow • 1951 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price

    This offbeat noir gem from genre specialist John Farrow brings together a crackerjack cast—including Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Raymond Burr, and Vincent Price (playing, appropriately, a ham ac...

  • The Lusty Men

    Episode 10

    Directed by Nicholas Ray • 1952 • United States
    Starring Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy

    Maverick director Nicholas Ray brings his poetic feeling for the worlds of outsiders to this emotionally charged contemporary twist on the western. After a series of accidents, rodeo star Jeff ...

  • Macao

    Episode 11

    Directed by Josef von Sternberg • 1952 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix

    Jane Russell and Robert Mitchum are drawn into a noirish web of danger in this sultry adventure directed by master visual stylist Josef von Sternberg (with contributions from an uncredite...

  • Angel Face

    Episode 12

    Directed by Otto Preminger • 1953 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman

    Closing out the landmark cycle of noirs he began with LAURA, Otto Preminger directs this tale of a passion gone haywire. Frank Jessup (Robert Mitchum) is a regular guy with a steady girl and a d...

  • Track of the Cat

    Episode 13

    Directed by William A. Wellman • 1954 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter

    Trapped inside by a heavy snowstorm, a dysfunctional family of Northern California ranchers not only negotiates their own internal rifts but also confronts the dangers of a panther that is stalk...

  • Man with the Gun

    Episode 14

    Directed by Richard Wilson • 1955 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe

    Clint Tollinger (Robert Mitchum) is a “town tamer,” a hired gun who, for a price, will eliminate any outlaws disturbing the peace of a frontier outpost. When his wife (Jan Sterling), exasperated...

  • The Night of the Hunter

    Episode 15

    Directed by Charles Laughton • 1955 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish

    THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER—incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed—is truly a stand-alone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, i...

  • Not as a Stranger

    Episode 16

    Directed by Stanley Kramer • 1955 • United States
    Starring Olivia de Havilland, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra

    A remarkable ensemble cast led by Robert Mitchum, Olivia de Havilland, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, and Lee Marvin headlines this long-overlooked medical melodrama ...

  • The Enemy Below

    Episode 17

    Directed by Dick Powell • 1957 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Curd Jürgens, David Hedison

    During World War II, the commander (Robert Mitchum) of an American destroyer matches wits with a German submarine captain (Curd Jürgens) during a deadly chase across the North Atlantic, over the c...

  • Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

    Episode 18

    Directed by John Huston • 1957 • United States
    Starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum

    John Huston reworks the ingredients of THE AFRICAN QUEEN in another tale of wartime adventure and odd-couple romance. Robert Mitchum is the American marine who finds himself marooned on a Japanese-occupied islan...

  • Thunder Road

    Episode 19

    Directed by Arthur Ripley • 1958 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchon

    Robert Mitchum produced, wrote the story for, and stars in this southern-fried cult classic, a pedal-to-the-metal ode to fast cars and fast living. He plays a Tennessee moonshine runner who ris...

  • The Sundowners

    Episode 20

    Directed by Fred Zinnemann • 1960 • United Kingdom, Australia
    Starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov

    Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr star in a heartwarming romance as big as the Australian outback. Ida Carmody (Kerr) loves her husband, Paddy (Mitchum), and Paddy loves the wandering...

  • Home from the Hill

    Episode 21

    Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1960 • United States
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard

    Vincente Minnelli’s baroquely stylized melodrama casts Robert Mitchum as the patriarch of a wealthy Texas family who must confront their hidden secrets when his philandering ways come bac...

  • The Grass Is Greener

    Episode 22

    Directed by Stanley Donen • 1960 • United Kingdom
    Starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum

    Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, and Jean Simmons: all the stars aligned for this sparkling drawing-room farce adapted by Stanley Donen from the West End stage hit of the same name. Facin...

  • Cape Fear

    Episode 23

    Directed by J. Lee Thompson • 1962 • United States
    Starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen

    Screen legends Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum face off in this terrifying tale of revenge built around one of the screen’s all-time great villains. Mitchum is mesmerizingly menacing as Max Cad...

  • The Way West

    Episode 24

    Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen • 1967 • United States
    Starring Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Richard Widmark

    Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel of the same name by A. B. Guthrie Jr. (who also wrote the screenplay for SHANE), this strikingly photographed western follows U.S. Senator Willia...