Haven't you seen Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)? Mitchum plays an American Marine shipwrecked on a Japanese held island with nun Deborah Kerr. It is primarily a two person show and the stars are a dream. John Huston directed. This is a great place to start an appreciation of Mitchum's films.
Watch this and then see these other four films.
Thunder Road (1958) Okay. I'm prejudiced on this one. A few scenes were shot in Knoxville, Tennessee, where I grew up. Mitchum plays a Kentucky moonshine runner and son James plays his younger brother. A lot of the stunt driving is handled by real Moonrunners (soon to become NASCAR drivers). They also provided some of the cars. Gene Barry portrays the law. Mitchum wrote the lyrics for the theme song and made a hit record from it. It was certainly better than Lee Marvin's recording of "Wanderin' Star". This is a fun, exciting film to watch.
Night Of The Hunter (1955) Mitchum is outstanding as a fake preacher con man and serial killer. He meets his match in Lillian Gish, an elderly lady who cares for orphans. Mitchum is in pursuit of two children who hold the secret to a stash of money stolen in a payroll robbery by their father. They escape and find shelter with Gish. Charles Laughton's direction is outstanding. This film is a true classic.
The Enemy Below (1957) Mitchum is the canny skipper of an American destroyer involved in a game of cat and mouse with a German U-Boat commanded by Curt Jurgens. Acting is superior and director Dick Powell has crafted a very suspenseful film. This movie was unofficially remade as the episode "Balance of Terror" during the first season of Star Trek.
The Wonderful Country (1959) Mitchum becomes involved in one of the many revolutions that rocked Mexico. Julie London costars. This is a superior Western.
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