“I reckon you can do all you say, only first you got to catch me — if you can.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
Indeed, Peary argues that senior “Mitchum carries [the] film alone on his massive shoulders.”
He adds that the film includes “interesting, if not always proper, use of music” — though I’m not quite sure why he considers it improper. In one scene, for instance, Lucas listens to his girlfriend (Smith) singing at a club:
… and we see how he handles a patron who won’t shut up during her performance, which adds to our understanding of his no-nonsense, take-care-of-problems nature.
The film’s drive-in appeal makes sense, given Mitchum’s stardom, an action- and conflict-filled storyline, and behind-the-scenes glimpses at how a moonshine operation works:
… but it’s also (unintentionally) humorous at times, thanks primarily to Mitchum Jr.’s earnest but wooden performance:
… and singer Smith’s similar lack of acting experience (her voice is beautiful but she’s an interesting choice to play Mitchum Sr.’s love interest).
When Mitchum advises lovestruck Knight, “Find someone content to punch a time clock, plough a field, have a mess of kids,” and she responds, “I would — if they looked like you”:
… we can’t help thinking how convenient it is that there’s someone who looks ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE HIM waiting in the wings (Mitchum, Jr.).
Favorite random line (Mitchum Sr. speaking to Smith): “I’ve been across an ocean, met all the pretty people. I know how to read an expensive restaurant menu. I know what a mobile is.” (?!?!?!)
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: