The story of a man deprived of his past, doomed with a feeling that he does not belong here. Mitchum gives one of his best performance and the other actors are also excellent. Walsh direction is as ever powerful and gives to the movie a sense of Shakespearian tragedy. One of the peculiarity of this movie is the importance and complexity of women’s characters: it is they that take the meaningful decision, it is they that know better than the men whether they are too stupid (Jeb Rand’s brother), too sore (Mac Callum) or too foreign to their own destiny (Jeb Rand). —IMDb
Raoul Walsh’s 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend, and the slam-band nature of his best films means that he is still remembered while the memory of Allan Dwan, a director with an equally long career, has practically faded from public consciousness. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham’s Rain renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona (1928) if an errant jackrabbit hadn’t cost him his right eye by leaping through the windshield of his automobile. Warner Baxter filled the role and won an Oscar. Before John Ford and Nicholas Ray, it was Raoul Walsh who made the eye-patch almost as synonymous with a Hollywood director as Cecil B. DeMille’s jodhpurs.
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Pursued is a fascinating tale. A Freudian western-noir, psychological and prophetic cinema, about the power of the unconscious thoughts, about the haunting of the past, led by the always-the-same Robert Mitchum (and by that wonderful cinematographer - James Wong Howe). It couldn't be more mysterious, being the fallibility of memory the biggest reason for that.