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Robert Mitchum Centennial

6 Aug

Robert Mitchum was born on August 6th, 1917, 100 years ago today. (My father was born less than two months later.) I was born on August 6th also, on Mitchum’s 36th birthday. Mitchum died on July 1, 1997, a little over a month shy of his 80th birthday. He happens to be my favorite movie star. I wrote about him here three times already, covering his debut film, BORDER PATROL (1943); his 1949 film, HOLIDAY AFFAIR; and in a piece about Sam Fuller’s THE BIG RED ONE, his appearance in THE LONGEST DAY (1962), where he played the general leading the attack on Omaha Beach, site of the bloodiest fighting on D-Day.

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BORDER PATROL (1943): Robert Mitchum’s film debut

11 Apr

I’ve been on a B-western kick lately and was happy to learn that BORDER PATROL (1943), one of the Hopalong Cassidy westerns contained on the Cowboy Legends Collector’s Set (from Echo Bridge), was indeed the film debut of my all-time favorite movie star, Robert Mitchum.

I’d long known that he’d gotten his start in the series of Hopalong Cassidy westerns released by United Artists in the 1940s, but I’d never had the opportunity to see any of them.

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