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Out of the Past

Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer in Out of the Past.

Jeff Bailey (Robert Mitchum) owns a gas station in a small rural town in California, and is fairly well-known and well-liked by most of its townspeople. But what no one there knows is that Jeff has a past, a past that has come back to haunt him, in the form of Joe, a suave hood who works for Whit Sterling, a former client of Bailey's. Jeff's previous profession was as private detective, and it was as Jeff Markham that he knew Sterling. Sterling wants to see Bailey/Markham again, and Jeff agrees to the get-together. Once there he is more than a little surprised to find Kathie Moffett (Jane Greer) again in the company of Sterling. Her disappearance was what got him hired the first time. Kathie also murdered Jeff's business partner the first time around, and the potential to kill again still runs through her veins. So naturally Jeff is wary, but still finds it difficult to totally distance himself from her. Here we see Jeff and Kathie toward the end of the film as they prepare to leave the country, now that Kathie has found it necessary to murder a second time.

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