Mitchum Centennial

(Pictured above: Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer in ‘Out of the Past’)

To honor legendary actor Robert Mitchum (1917-1997), who would have been 100 years old this Sunday, August 6, we present a career-spanning centennial tribute:

War films

Coming to Hollywood during World War II, Mitchum naturally got swept up into the burgeoning war film industry, eventually getting his only Oscar nomination (supporting actor) for Story of G.I. Joe (1945). Here’s the complete movie:

Film noir

Two years later, Out of the Past (1947) changed the trajectory of Mitchum’s career. You can stream this film noir classic for $2.99 at Warner Movies on Demand on YouTube. Here’s a preview:

And here’s Mitchum as Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlow in the complete Farewell My Lovely (1975):

Other movies

As he aged, Mitchum proved his acting chops by appearing in all sorts of film roles, from a schoolmaster in David Lean’s Ryan’s Daughter (1970) to film producer Pat Brady in The Last Tycoon (1976) — the same character portrayed by Kelsey Grammar in Amazon Prime’s new nine-part version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. You can stream the 1976 movie for free right now at Tubi TV. Here’s the original trailer:

TV Miniseries

In the 1980s, Mitchum appeared in three of TV’s most successful miniseries: ABC’s The Winds of War (1983), North and South (1985) and War and Remembrance (1989). Here’s part one of The Winds of War:

 

 TV Series

In the early 1990s, Mitchum starred in two tv series. The first, A Family for Joe (1990), was an NBC sitcom that lasted just nine episodes, with Mitchum playing a formerly homeless man “adopted” by a family of orphans. Here’s an episode, complete with a joke just a minute in about Ivana Trump (Donald’s first wife and Ivanka’s mom):

Then in 1992, Mitchum landed in African Skies, a Canadian-produced adventure series filmed in South Africa that ran for 52 half-hour episodes on The Family Channel in the US. Here’s an episode titled “The Wild Child”:

 

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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