"Out of the Past" (1947): "Baby, I don't care...!"

NOTE UPDATED DINNER INFO, BELOW... If you'd like to have dinner after the movie, please note that in your RSVP, so we can get a head count. In keeping with the Hopper-esque noir milieu, we'll go for a diner dinner, at the Creamery (click for info), on Emerson (corner of Hamilton), around 7:30 PM. Meet at the theater, around 5:25 PM, IN THE BALCONY. Show time is: 5:45 PM.

DINNER UPDATE: To accommodate as many people as we can, we will break the group up into three tables of 5-6 each. The Creamery has trouble managing tables of more than 6, because of the shape of the room, so this should make it easier for us to be seated, and allow for more diners. Steven, John, and I will each host a table. Be sure to check in with one of us, at the theater, so we know who will be at which table. Because of the size of the group, please wait outside the restaurant until your table host indicates the table is ready.


The Stanford Theatre does not accept credit cards, so come prepared with $7 cash for your ticket.

And now, on with the show!



Out of the Past (1947) Starts: 5:45 PM, Ends: ~7:20 PM

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Plot: A PI takes a job tracking down a gambler's girlfriend, who's gone on the lam with 40 Gs, but when the shamus and the moll get the hots for each other, who's going to double cross whom? This was Robert Mitchum's first starring part, and no one ever wore a trench coat and a fedora with more smoldering, sexy cynicism. Mitchum raised the wisecrack delivered through a laconic smirk to an art form. Arguably, the greatest film noir ever, including classics like Double Indemnity and The Maltese Falcon. It's got it all: The smooth, sadistic villain; the gorgeous femme fatale; a plot so convoluted Mitchum swore a dozen pages of the script must have been lost in the mimeograph machine, and a laconic hero who cracks wise faster than a .45 automatic. It's also one of the greatest cigarette smoking movies ever! You'll need a nicotine patch after seeing it.

Parking & Getting There

Click Here for a Google map to the Stanford Theatre 
221 University Ave, Palo Alto

Parking is easy if you use the surface lots near University Ave., or the garages under City Hall, NOLA/Old Pro, or the parking structures at Bryant near Lytton, or on High, just south of University.


PLEASE:

If you don't connect with us before the movie, look for us in the BALCONY!!

Bring cash to keep things simple.

Arrive on time.

See you there!

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  • Steven

    This was the ultimate film noir but the sound quality was just a bit off in spots, so I missed some of the dialogue. Enjoyed the post-film conversation at our table at The Creamery afterwards and post-post-film talk at the University Cafe too.

    September 30, 2013

  • Michael S.

    not bad, hard to follow

    September 28, 2013

  • Philippe

    Great feature and I also enjoyed the next one w/Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall. Thanks Russ for posting it.

    September 28, 2013

  • Eric

    Oops, count me in for dinner.

    September 28, 2013

  • MAG

    We had to say bye to our dog yesterday...too upset to join you tonight. Hope to see you all soon.

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since there are three tables already, I will cancel the reservation that I made yesterday. They take reservations for groups of at least 8. See you tomorrow.

    September 27, 2013

  • Michael S.

    count me in for dinner

    September 27, 2013

  • Marie L.

    Loved the "click on Bob" link :)

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can no longer attend dinner, but will attend the movie

    September 26, 2013

  • Russ

    DINNER UPDATE: To accommodate as many people as we can, we will break the group up into three tables of 5-6 each. The Creamery has trouble managing tables of more than 6, because of the shape of the room, so this should make it easier for us to be seated, and allow for more diners. Steven, John, and I will each host a table. Be sure to check in with one of us, at the theater, so we know who will be at which table. Because of the size of the group, please wait outside the restaurant until your table host indicates the table is ready.

    September 26, 2013

  • jane

    i will join the dinner.

    September 26, 2013

  • James C.

    Dinner, too.

    September 25, 2013

  • David L.

    Dinner at second table or 1st table if a spot opens up.

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oops...I forgot to add that I'm willing to host another table, since I want to have din-din after the movie.

    September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Curious...why have the movies lately been at such early show times? Thanks.

    September 21, 2013

  • Jan

    Dinner baby!

    September 12, 2013

  • Lucy

    Dinner.

    September 10, 2013

  • Russ

    Carol -- dinner

    September 9, 2013

  • Cindy C.

    Dinner.

    September 9, 2013

  • Marie L.

    Dinner

    September 9, 2013

  • Steven

    Dinner too.

    September 9, 2013

  • Russ

    What makes this movie so great? Well, the dialog for one. Just a few of the choicest lines:

    A dame with a rod is like a guy with a knittin' needle.

    Jeff: That isn't the way to play it.
    Kathie: Why not?
    Jeff: 'Cause it isn't the way to win.
    Kathie: Is there a way to win?
    Jeff: There's a way to lose more slowly.

    You can never help anything, can you? You're like a leaf that the wind blows from one gutter to another.

    And perhaps the greatest line in all of film noir:

    Kathie: I don't want to die!
    Jeff: Neither do I, baby, but if I have to, I'm going to die last! That pretty much says it all!

    1 · September 9, 2013

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