Out of the Past

1947 film directed by Jacques Tourneur / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Out of the Past (billed in the United Kingdom as Build My Gallows High) is a 1947 film noir directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, and Kirk Douglas. The film was adapted by Daniel Mainwaring (using the pseudonym Geoffrey Homes) from his 1946 novel Build My Gallows High (also written as Homes),[1] with uncredited revisions by Frank Fenton and James M. Cain.

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Out of the Past
Theatrical release poster by William Rose
Directed byJacques Tourneur
Screenplay byDaniel Mainwaring
Based onBuild My Gallows High
by Daniel Mainwaring
Produced byWarren Duff
CinematographyNicholas Musuraca
Edited bySamuel E. Beetley
Music byRoy Webb
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • November 25, 1947 (1947-11-25) (USA)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

Its complex, fatalistic storyline, dark cinematography, and classic femme fatale garnered the film critical acclaim and cult status.[1] In 1991, the National Film Preservation Board at the Library of Congress added Out of the Past to the United States National Film Registry of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” films.[2][3][4]