Out of the Past

Synopsis: Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling. En route to the meeting, he tells girlfriend Ann his story. Flashback: Once, Jeff was a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie who shot Whit and absconded with $40,000. He traces her to Acapulco...where the delectable Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling... Back in the present, Whit's new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff's precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed...
Director(s): Jacques Tourneur
Production: WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES
  1 win.
 
IMDB:
8.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
94%
NOT RATED
Year:
1947
97 min
48 Views

(JOE WHISTLES)

(HONKS)

JOE:
Where's Bailey?

Deaf and dumb, eh?

Can you read lips?

Where is Bailey?

Coming back today?

Come on.

- Hello, Marny.

- Well, look who is back.

- Did you dye your hair?

- Why?

I keep thinking of you as a blond.

For all the thinking you do about

me, I could be bald-headed.

Ham on rye. Did you miss me, honey?

If I didn't, I can't think

of anybody else who did.

- One thing's sure, Bailey don't miss nothing.

- Neither do you.

She's your girl, and

he ain't my man.

So it's no skin off my nose.

I just see what I see.

You sure you don't

see what you hear?

Nothing can happen in this town

that I don't hear about it.

I'm just saying what I see. Every

day they go fishing together.

Look, the sandwich.

Two things I can smell inside 100 feet:

burning hamburger and a romance.

You got a customer.

- What'll you have?

- Coffee.

- Nothing else?

- Cream.

- Where you been this time?

- L.A.

- Coffee?

- No, thanks.

First she's got you, now

she's got you and Bailey.

And the only thing I

seem to get is older.

Thanks a lot, Marny.

I'll see you later.

Hmm. I guess I must

have said something.

You talked enough.

Everything people ought to know

they just don't want to hear.

That's the trouble with the world.

Either that or you're on the

wrong side of the counter.

- Tell me something.

- You don't look as though I could.

That, uh, Bailey who burns you

up, he run the gas station?

- Do you know him?

- I might have once.

If he keeps mooning around

Jim's girl, nobody'll know him...

and that'd be too bad.

You, uh, see much of this Bailey?

Yeah, every day from here.

I often wondered what

happened to him...

then one day I'm breezing through here,

and there's his name up on a sign.

- It's a small world.

- Yeah, or a big sign.

- They're just not feeding today.

- They will later. It's clouding up.

They say the day you die,

your name is written on a cloud.

- Who says?

- They.

Never heard of them.

Nothing in that one but rain.

Think we ought to go home?

Yes.

- Do you want to?

- No.

Every time I look at the sky, I think

of all the places I've never been.

Yes, and every time you look

up, they're all the same.

- You've been a lot of places, haven't you?

- One too many.

- Which did you like best?

- This one right here.

- I bet you say that to all the places.

- You see that cove over there?

I'd like to build a

house right there...

marry you, live in it and

never go anywhere else.

I wish you would.

You were never married

before, were you?

Not that I can remember.

That's good.

You'd be amazed the way

people talk about you.

The mysterious Jeff Bailey.

My mother tells me that I've only

known you for such a short time.

And where'd you come from?

And what did you do?

My father was...

- We'd better go.

- Is something the matter?

Maybe not.

Here.

You sure are a secret man.

Thanks.

Oh, a man just wants to see me.

Oh.

(CAR DOOR OPENS)

- JOE:
A long time.

- Hello, Joe. I wish it was nicer to see you.

Everyone sure missed you, Jeff,

but not as much as I have.

- How's that?

- Whit used to look at me...

shake his head, and wish

I had brains like you.

- What's the other reason?

- I had to find you.

- I owe you something?

- Not me.

Who?

- How far can that kid read lips?

- I don't know. I'll ask him some time.

This far?

- You don't like to make mistakes, do you?

- They don't let me have many.

All right, come on inside.

- Funny racket to find you in, Jeff.

- Yeah, me and the kid laugh all the time.

Heh. I guess that's

because it's respectable.

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