A bona fide tough guy with soulful eyes and a laconic style, Robert Mitchum was one of Hollywood's best-loved actors, star of such moody film noir favourites as Out of the Past, Night of the Hunter and Cape Fear, as well as enduring classics like Angel Face and Crossfire.
But, as Lee Server now reveals, Mitchum was one of the few Hollywood icons whose real-life exploits were yet more compelling than his on-screen persona.
A hobo in the Depression, he fell into movie acting after stints as a boxer, a beach bum and a songwriter.
Despite early Hollywood successes, he was famously busted on a narcotics rap.
But even prison couldn't tame Mitchum's taste for living on the wild side, and he remained an unrepentant misbehaver until the end of his days. In this biography of Robert Mitchum, Lee Server offers the definitive life story of a man who redefined cinematic cool.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 768 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 07/10/2002
- Category: Individual actors & performers
- ISBN: 9780571210107
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Review by uryjm
And frankly, after two hundred pages, neither did I. I was already suspecting this wasn’t much more than a hagiography of “and then Mitchum did this, and then he did that”, when my dad said he’d read a total stinker of a book about Mitchum, and proceeded to say exactly what I was thinking about this! That applied the reading brakes big time, and I was left thinking why did I spend seven quid on the damn thing, and could I flog it on ebay?