A great article by Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic, on Robert Mitchum and his western movies appeared recently. A parallel column in LA Weekly gives more insight to the remarkable career of this great actor. Of all the film icons from that era of Hollywood, Mitchum is at the top of my list. A new UCLA Film & Television Archive series “Tracking the Cat: Robert Mitchum in the West” recently ran at the Hammer Museum. For western fans and Mitchum fans in LA it was a can’t miss event.
We all remember his potrayal of the drunken sheriff in Howard Hawks “El Dorado” along side the always-tough John Wayne, but the series includes Mitchum’s first starring role in “Nevada” from 1944 and my personal favorite by the great Otto Preminger and with the always wonderful Marilyn Monroe, “The River of No Return.”
I can only hope that these films, some uncovered from years of neglect and dusted off for this special event, will make it soon to a TV set near me.
John Putnam is the author of Hangtown Creek, a thrilling saga of the early California gold rush.