Sunday, September 9, 2012

Jane Greer, 1924-2001

Kirk Douglas and Jane Greer in Out of the Past (1947)

Today marks the birth anniversary of actress Jane Greer. Greer played The Girl opposite Robert Mitchum in a couple of RKO noirs, such as Out of the Past, from which the above photo is taken. In that movie, Greer is actually Kirk Douglas' girl (which is why it's Douglas with Greer in the photo), who runs out on him at which point Douglas calls in Mitchum to find her. Greer eventually convinces Mitchum to try to double-cross Douglas, which you know isn't going to work out for anybody. I'm a bit surprised to see I haven't done a full-length post on Out of the Past before; the Greer/Mitchum movie I have blogged about is The Big Steal.

Other of Greer's movies I've blogged about are the service comedy You're in the Navy Now, in which Greer plays the wife of Gary Cooper, who has the unenviable task of trying to captain a steam-powered vessel in World War II. There's also They Won't Believe Me, in which Greer has an illicit romance with Robert Young.

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