RKO Radio Pictures released Out of the Past on November 25, 1947. Jacques Tourneur directed the film which starred Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, and Kirk Douglas.
‘Out of the Past’ Movie Summary
Out of the Past begins when Joe Stefanos drives into Bridgeport, California as he looks for private detective Jeff Markham. The owner of the small town’s gas station, Jeff Bailey, is secretly Markham who’s hiding out from Stefanos and his boss, Whit Sterling.
However, Jeff isn’t there. He’s out fishing with the local hottie, Ann Miller, but Joe gives Jeff’s deaf and dumb employee, The Kid, a message to give him. Ann’s parents distrust Jeff, and Ann’s childhood beau, Jim, completely detests him because she reciprocates Jeff’s affections.
Jeff is wary of Joe’s arrival in town, but he agrees to drive to Lake Tahoe to meet Whit as he knows he can’t run forever. He asks Ann to ride with him so that he can tell her the truth about his past.
In true noir style, there’s a flashback where Jeff reveals his real last name is Markham, and that he was once a private investigator in New York City with a partner named Jack Fisher. Whit Sterling hired him to find his girlfriend, Kathie Moffatt, after she tried to kill Whit, and then ran off with $40,000 of his money.Read the full summary
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