Out of the Past1947 | USA | Jacques Tourneur | ★★★★★
Based on Daniel Mainwaring's 1946 novel, Jacques Tourneur's thoroughly gripping Build My Gallows High is an incredibly dark thriller about one man's inability to escape his troubled past, featuring a decidedly excellent central performance from Robert Mitchum.
"Private detective Jeff Bailey (Robert Mitchum) is hired by gambler Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas) to find Sterling's girlfriend after she shoots him and takes off with $40,000 of his money. Bailey tracks the woman, Kathie Moffett (Jane Greer) to Mexico, only to fall for her charms. When Kathie convinces Bailey that she is innocent, he tells Sterling that he has been unable to find her - unaware that he is becoming trapped in a tangled web of deceit, murder and blackmail." Universal