August 14, 2013

Robert Mitchum: Film Noir Legend


Robert Mitchum is a Film Noir legend. He and Richard Widmark would easily rate as my all time favourites of this genre.

Robert Mitchum's Film Noir movies include some eighteen titles listed here.

That is not to say that he didn’t perform in other movie genres. 
One of my favourites is “The Sundowners”.

Although his “Aussie” accent leaves a bit to be desired it is still a perennial favourite with me as is “River of No Return” and  “Heaven Knows, Mr Allison”.

This really doesn’t do his filmography justice. 
It is quite extensive indeed.

He sang also, and recently I re-watched “Thunder Road”. 

Interestingly enough Richard Widmark was also in a movie related to bootleg booze or moonshine.
It was called The Moonshine War.


I agree with You Tube user Rick Deevey.

It also strikes me as a prequel to “Copperhead Road” which falls into that long list of my all time favourite songs. The theme is so very similar: running illegal bootleg booze and then illegal drugs.

Thanks to  Rick Deevey for this upload and the additional information:

“A video I cut together with car chase scenes from the 1958 Robert Mitchum movie, Thunder Road. The background music track is a theme song for the movie, written and sung by Robert Mitchum (though his version wasn't used in the movie).

The movie had a lot of influence for a B-rate feature. 

It was the inspiration for Bruce Springsteen's song "Thunder Road" (though the song and the movie have nothing much to do with each other; The Boss saw a poster for the movie and liked the name); some aspects of the design of the car led to the design of the Batmobile later on the TV series; the movie could be considered a prequel to the Steve Earle song "Copperhead Road"; and it was an influence in the creation of "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV series (but don't hold that against it).”

“Copperhead Road” was a huge hit for Steve Earle and I think the album art of the CD easily fits the bill of all time iconic record covers like, for example, “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.


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