His Kind of Woman - a Comedy...of errors!
The print of this film is by far the best I've seen of this series. It looks to have been struck from the original camera negative or at the very least a pristine fine-grain positive. It's lit scrumptiously, blacks that are like velvet, consider the night for night sky in the yacht scene, and whites that had amazing resolution: bright without burnout in the highlights--in the scene where Mitchum comes out of his hotel room and has the envelope with his additional money in hand--he's in peripheral light, semi-darkness even, and that piece of white paper positively glows. Not to mention the sparkle of Jane Russell's jewelry and one scene where there was a fireplace fire behind them and it absolutely glowed and visually crackled in the background. There was an emulsion scratch for a few minutes in the last reel, and that was the only time I was jarred into remembering that it was a film. Otherwise, it was like looking at a "coffee table book" of gorgeous black and white photographs. I wish the print of "The Locket" was this good! The sound quality was without aural blemish.
I will say that the naturalistic styles of Mitchum and Russell melded so well together, even in the dramatic scenes there wasn't that sense of overdramatic "angst" we so often see in these. She looked spectacular, and the aforementioned gorgeous print of this film allowed us to see all the detail of the pearl-white in her outfits.
The movie itself, however, was a hodgepodge of insanely disparate styles thrown together in a blender, under-mixed and poured out. Vincent Price almost saved the day, and for much of it towed that line between outrageously good and just too much. Some of the final scenes were reminiscent of "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd." Did someone put peyote in my popcorn? I thought I was watching a film noir, or maybe a gangster flick!
I started to watch this and fell asleep within the first few minutes and woke up again halfway through it. So I scrolled to "The Locket." Got through it without a hitch. One sitting. I tried "His Kind Of Woman" again. Fell asleep again. Woke up it was over. Jumped to "Angel Face." Engaged from the beginning. Watched until the end. Got a good night's sleep. Made a pot of morning coffee. Was determined to get through "His Kind of Woman"...awake. Succeeded. Too bad the film didn't!