To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. With no pretensions toward being Lawrence Olivier, Mitchum said he picked jobs for the number of days off, but there was no doubt that he was a powerful, sad-eyed, simmering screen presence. Not only the best Hollywood bio I've read but one of the best bio's period. Refurbished IT Equipment & Enterprise Hardware, New African American Histories and Biographies to Read Now. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. Mitchum comes across as fascinating, but at several points, I sensed Server limiting the potential of the telling of his story, and pondered the greater service that might have been done to the man. Robert Mitchum: Baby, I Don't Care is Lee Server's biography of Mitchum, the definitive life of a man who invented film noir cool - both on the silver screen and off it. I paid particular attention to the sections about his great movies I have enjoyed watching: Angel Face, Cape Fear, Out of the Past (probably my favorite RM film I've watched several times), Rio Lobo, and I know I'm forgetting the others. No, the two star rating is because I did not care for the author's writing style at all. Exhaustively researched, it makes use of thousands of rare documents from around the world and nearly two hundred in-depth interviews with Mitchum's family, friends, and associates (many going on record for the first time ever) ranging over … His first stunt ride was in the clothes of a stunt man who fell over under a team of horses and was crushed. With three kids to raise, Ann married Bill Clancy, a violent drunk. It was released in 1989 and remains their highest-charting single, peaking at number 3 in both the United Kingdom and Australia. He is paired with Debra Kerr, who plays a nun on Tobago. In this world where nothing is consistent, we have one man who was consistent in his ability to convey a sense of "I don't give a fuck" throughout all of his 79 years. In many modern books, this style is long lost but given this book is many years old it was lovely to see. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, This title is not currently available for purchase. Self taught, well read, poet, author, singer. Start by marking “Robert Mitchum: "Baby I Don't Care"” as Want to Read: Error rating book. He worked with Janet Leigh, Jane Russell, Jean Simmons and Marilyn Monroe while she was dating Joe Dimaggio. Something went wrong. Likely it had to do with his upbringing in a dirt poor bohemian family of w. You'd really have to be a big fan of old movies to enjoy this biography of Robert Mitchum, the prototype of the cool, detached antihero on screen. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Basically a very dry rundown of the making of all of Mitchum's films, with a few anecdotes of those who worked with him thrown in. Let This Be Our Secret: The shocking true story of a killer dentist, his mistress, how they murdered their spouses -and how they almost got away with it. Joe and River of no return. Synopsis A hobo during the depression, Robert Mitchum fell into acting by chance. It's an apt subtitle: "Baby, I Don't Care." Hysterically vulgar and graphic in places. Bob and his brother Jack were feisty chil. This book is filled with a lot of good, old-time Hollywood stories. Please try again. It goes to Burt Lancaster. But, having enjoyed "Night of the Hunter" and "Cape Fear" and especially after having recently viewed "The Story of G.I. I always like Robert Mitchum, but this biography tells the story of a true hero, namely an American who was able to live without fear. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Server's book does him justice. His acting technique was closer to Zen than method acting: His primary concern was to memorize the shoo Cool can be defined in two words: Robert Mitchum. That's not a disgrace -- even Mitchum's closest friends never really seem to have reached the man's core -- but it leaves the book feeling rather incomplete. Great stuff for any film fan. Bob Mitchum escaped from a chain gang before he was 18 years old. Co star Gregory Peck called it Mitchum’s best role. 5.0 out of 5 stars No, he didn't care! You're never far from a fight or a steamy romance or a drinking binge - Robert Mitchum, after all, was like a Robert Mitchum character.' Heavily into drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana before the latter became popular - for which he did jail time after a bust - and a serial womanizer (although devoted in his own way to his childhood sweetheart wife), Mitchum could be a world-class jerk on many occasions. Well worth reading for getting an unapologetic insider's look at Hollywood in its Golden Age, especially from a troublemaker like Mitchum. Prime Cart. All bios should be this great. Server organizes and presents his material well, and there is lots of it there. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. His screen persona was pretty cool but he was reckless in his everyday life -- smoking, drinking, philandering, lying, doing dope when it was a heinous act, cursing rapturously, rather indifferent to his family and career. The schizophrenia comes from the writer's voice taking on the mockery of Mitchum's personality, whether telling anecdotes or reacting to the events in his life. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. The low rating is not because Mitchum turned out to be a first-class jerk. Kathie Moffat: I didn't know what I was doing. I was a fan of Bob Mitchum when a teenager ( 1/2 century ago} and decided to read about him. He wouldn't graduate because he took a dump in a teacher's hat. Lee Server's biography of Mitchum, Baby, I Don't Care, details the whole thing beautifully. Again, his golden era of the 40s and 50s provides a nice series of anecdotes, but in their absence, the book seems to hurry to a conclusion. Both genres would never be the same. A vagrancy charge landed him on a chain gang in Georgia. A laugh a page. Exhaustively researched, it makes use of thousands of rare documents from around the world and nearly two hundred in-depth interviews with Mitchum's family, friends, and associates (many going on record for the first time ever) ranging over his seventy-nine … Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. He had no close friends, only drinking buddies. If the rest of the book is at the same pace as the beginning I will definitely read it through to the end. Robert Mitchum: "Baby I Don't Care" eBook: Server, Lee: Amazon.com.au: Kindle Store. The other reviews here tell you all you need to know about this book, so I'll say no more than this...... And frankly, after two hundred pages, neither did I. I was already suspecting this wasn't much more than a hagiography of "and then Mitchum did this, and then he did that", when my dad said he'd read a total stinker of a book about Mitchum, and proceeded to say exactly what I was thinking about this! 1917. Both remarkable. The same year he films Anzio in Italy while stoned on mj and hashish. Glenn Ford: A Life (Wisconsin Film Studies), Handsome Johnny: The Life and Death of Johnny Rosselli: Gentleman Gangster, Hollywood Producer, CIA Assassin, Deconstructing The Rat Pack: Joey, The Mob and the Summit, Veronica: The Autobiography of Veronica Lake, “This is a well-researched, highly entertaining, and revealing biography that contextualizes Mitchum in the broader world of industry and national economics, business and politics.”—, "Never forget that one of the biggest stars in the world was Rin Tin Tin, and she was a four-legged bitch," was tough guy Robert Mitchum's stock response when asked what it felt like to be a movie star. A family intervention and he winds up at the Betty Ford Clinic in “84. The pacing is also odd, with Mitchum's last twenty or so years seeming to hurtle past the reader. Free Libs., Salinas, CA. There was a chapter devoted to my 2 favorite Mitchum movies & learned alot about the films themselves. That applied the reading brakes big time, and I was left thinking why did I spend seven quid on the damn thing, and could I flog it on ebay? ROBERT MITCHUM Baby, I Don't Care By Lee Server; St. Martin's: 590 pp., $32.50 I was not disappointed because Mitchum was unique, Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2014. Does this book contain quality or formatting issues? 590pp, Faber, £20. Robert Mitchum is one of the best actors of the XX Century - David Thomson in his canonical Dictionary puts him at the very top class with Cary Grant and James Stewart. I already suspected this ahead of time. His father James was Scots-Irish and Anerican Indian and his mother Ann was a Nowegian immigrant. Ann’s pension was $18 a month. Mitchum's powerful presence and simmering violence combined with hard-boiled humor and existential detachment to create a new style in movie acting: the screen's first hipster antihero-before Brando, James Dean, Elvis, or Eastwood-the inventor of big-screen cool. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Mitchum's bio reveals a lot unknown about him - his creativity, how hard he worked, and his passion for writing poetry. I already suspected this ahead of time. Does this book contain inappropriate content? A great story on every page, told in excellent prose. In 1945, his performance in G.I. He leaves and stops at a bar on the way home and orders a double scotch. Sarcastic. Although a brillian student, Bob was expelled from school as the result of a rather unusual prank. There was a problem loading your book clubs. And the work is not easy especially when dealing with an actor of Robert Mitchum's often misunderstood stature. Lee Server has produced what must be the definitive biography of the American actor Robert Mitchum. It is the definitive biography of an often misunderstood man. Well worth reading for getting an unapo. Perhaps the easiest improvement to make would have been to make this a straightforward oral history. I enjoyed the book a lot, but I don't think I would have wanted to work with him, and I KNOW I wouldn't have wanted to try to interview him! A TV movie, A Killer in the Family, based on a real life prison escape finds Bob playing criminal Gary Tison. It worked, too. I just loved this book. St. Martin's Press. Server is a great writer and his research shows due diligence. I still remember the line that he used on his wife. He rode the rails, hitchhiked across America several times, was backstage at burlesque shows, built state parks, witnessed shootings and was shot at and again, all before he was old enough to graduate from high school. It was ranked at number 25 on the Australian end-of-year chart for 1989. I'm only half way through so far (706 pages). "Robert Mitchum: 'Baby I Don't Care'" Lee Server, St. Martin's Press (2001) "Them Ornery Mitchum Boys: The Adventures of Robert and John Mitchum" John Mitchum (1989) "It Sure Beats Working" Mike Tomkies (1975) "Robert Mitchum" John Belton, Pyramid Books. I'm glad I took the time to look through this book. Mitchum had no desire to be an actor but his sister had other ideas. I saw it over thirty years ago and it was excellent. The one about the Rat Pack/Sinatra and Johnny Rosellini, the outfit's man in Hollywood. Joe" and "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" and loving what he did in those, I was eager to read more about him. His father James was Scots-Irish and Anerican Indian and his mother Ann was a Nowegian immigrant. Sunday Express; 'Some guy. Mitchum ponders DeNiro’s NY style of method acting; remaining in character at all times, like Daniel Day Lewis years later as Lincoln. He was a brilliant natural actor who could totally commit to memory entire scripts after one reading. Robert Mitchum was born on August 6. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 6, 2020. In 1943 he signed with RKO and made a few more b westerns. --This text refers to an alternate, Lee Server, since graduating from New York University Film School, has written numerous celebrated works of non-fiction around film and popular culture, including Hollywood biographies Robert Mitchum: Baby I Don't Care (2002) and, most recently, a work on Ava Gardner. The schizophrenia comes from the writer's voice taking on the mockery of Mitchum's personality, whether telling anecdotes or reacting to the events in his life. His screen persona was pretty cool but he was reckless in his everyday life -- smoking, drinking, philandering, lying, doing dope when it was a heinous act, cursing rapturously, rather indifferent to his family and career. I like how he includes the quotes and stories from those who knew Mr. Mitchum. A Look Back at the Career of Robert Mitchum. His screen persona was pretty cool but he was reckless in his everyday life -- smoking, drinking, philandering, lying, doing dope when it was a heinous act, cursing rapturously, rather indifferent to his family and career. Learned alot about Mitchum's life. . For fans of indelible old films like The Night of the Hunter and the (real) Cape Fear, this is a must read. Sever serves up Bob Mitchum's life as it was lived, unconventional, sardonic, bloody amazing and ironically hilarious. With three kids to raise, Ann married Bill Clancy, a violent drunk. Confirm this request. Bob and his brother Jack were feisty children, and so their mother sent them to live on a farm with her father in Delaware. What a prize. Too good to miss. Great reading! Mitchum comes across as fascinating, but at several points, I sensed Server limiting the potential of the telling of his story, and pondered the greater service that might have been done to the man. Hollywood has always undervalued its best actors: many of them - Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum - … 5.0 out of 5 stars Baby i Don t Care. Lee Server captures Mitchum completely, and honors him with this fine piece of work.” —George P. Pelecanos, author of Right as Rain Dwight D Eisenhower called it the greatest war film that he had ever seen. It's an apt subtitle: "Baby, I Don't Care." It was ranked at number 25 on the Australian end-of-year chart for 1989. He took it for the 1.25 million. He was a polymath, a troubadour, a drifter, an intelligent man, kind, vulgar to shock., to break through the pomposity but for those who understood this propensity to shock (accompanied and exacerbated by his vast alcohol intake there is a warmth, a hard-shell charm and resolve that sets him apart from so many of his celluloid, often one dimensional contemporaries. He rose to prominence for starring roles in several classic film noirs, and his acting is generally considered a forerunner of the antiheroes prevalent in film during the 1950s and 1960s. And everyone is singing I hear those sleigh bells ringing Santa won't you bring me The one I really need. Exhaustively researched, it makes use of thousands of rare documents from around the world and nearly two … He was a brilliant natural actor who could totally commit to memory entire scripts after one reading. Brando turned down the male lead and Huston called Mitchum the “caliber of Olivier, Burton and Brando.” A few more roles require accents, Irish and Australian, and he nails them. I am impressed by the subtle rhythm of the language employed and assembled by Server. They showed him how to harvest marijuana, growing wild in the countryside, and how to roll it in newspapers. Relatively unschooled, the naturally intelligent Mitchum hit the Depression era American roads at age 14. He even boxed for a short time but quit when his nose was broken. In this world where nothing is consistent, we have one man who was consistent in his ability to convey a sense of "I don't give a fuck" throughout all of his 79 years. For example, on page 493 of the St. Martin’s Press paperback edition, the story is related of a very drunk Mitchum attending the premier of his movie, That Championship Season when a 15 year old girl approached him, asked him for an autograph, and said, “I loved your movie, I thought you were wonderful.” Mitchum grabbed her, twisted her arm up behind her back, and flung her back where she had come from. The quotes are extensive, both from Mitchum and those who worked and drank with him.....pretty much the only two categories of acquaintance with this guy. I've read two biographies by Lee Server. I don't think the author, Leo Server, quite grasps Mitchum's inner dynamics. He then moved to his sister’s house in California and worked more manual labor. His first great role was in Story of G I Joe, the story of Ernie Pyle, the WWII correspondent. Add tags for "Robert Mitchum : "baby, I don't care"". He is sent to a work farm and after doing his time sets off for Mexico to shoot The Big Steal. The writing is playful, filled with descriptives and insights Mitchum would no doubt have approved of. He perfected his tough guy image by the late 1940s, playing variations on this part (often comic as his career waned) until his last film, in 1995. Something that helped him - he had a photographic memory. Although filled with interesting (and often hilarious) anecdotes, Server never really gives us much insight into the inner Mitchum. Oh, Baby all I want for Christmas is you. A man has today been charged with the rape and kidnap of a teenage girl in south-west London. / 145 gsm fabric, solid color t-shirts are 100% cotton, heather grey t-shirts are 90% cotton/10% polyester charcoal heather t-shirts are 52% cotton/48% polyester. I don't think the author, Leo Server, quite grasps Mitchum's inner dynamics. I came away liking and admiring the actor more than when I started reading about him. By the time Robert Mitchum was fourteen, he was riding American freight trains. Read More In 1967, Mitchum does a USO tour in Vietnam and buys the governments BS. by St. Martin's Griffin. There will never be another one like him. Exhaustively researched, it makes use of thousands of rare documents from around the world and nearly two hundred in-depth interviews with Mitchum's family, friends, and associates (many going on record for the first time ever) ranging over … We’d love your help. Born in 1917 to a railroad worker and a mother with intellectual, even bohemian, inclinations, Mitchum lost his father early, and ran off when he was 14 to hop freight cars during the Depression. Beneath this deity of indifference beat the heart of a lyricist who used the adventures of his early life to become one of the last Golden Age film stars. He turned down Dirty Harry and Patton. Also unafraid of depicting the actor as troubled and sadistic at times. The author's caught so many minute details he had to be either a drone or a housefly. Jackie O wishes to edit his autobiography but she also has cancer. Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American actor, director, author, poet, composer, and singer. He did six more and made several b movies that year. His personality is not presented in a fawning way, but rather takes advantage of a subject who was transparent because he was self-aware. He also emptied his bladder on David Selznick’s office carpet while being interview for a part in a movie. Designed by Roger-C. $20.73. It's an apt subtitle: "Baby, I Don't Care." 13 December 2014. Similar Items. Refresh and try again. Mr. Mitchum was quoted as saying he started working in movies in a dead man's hat and well, he did. Some more TV, including, SNL and a failed sitcom. Mitchum was a Depression-era hobo who fell into acting. Skip to main content.com.au. According to Lee Server in his biography "Robert Mitchum: Baby, I Don't Care," Robert Mitchum's "devotion to Charles Laughton and the project had begun to fade by the final week of the 36-day shoot. We learn what his life was life during his brief stint in prison for marijuana possession (it sounds like he was set up). Mitchum's (contemporaneous) quotes are some of the best of all, naturally. Lee Server has produced what must be the definitive biography of the American actor Robert Mitchum. What a shame. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. His last great film was 1975’s Farewell My Lovely, playing Philip Marlow. I understand wanting to capture Mitchum's character, but why can't the author write in an objective way as opposed to with a wink and a grin and acting like all Mitchum's foolishness is so cool. Ladies loved Mitchum until the day he died. Actor Robert Mitchum was the Real Deal, and author Lee Server has written a wonderful book about him entitled "Robert Mitchum, 'Baby I Don't Care'." Lee Server specialises in books on popular culture and literary history. True Hollywood Story, but Lee Server's exhaustive, lovingly detailed biography, Robert Mitchum: Baby, I Don't Care, resists the lure of cheap tabloid dish. One of the movies' greatest actors and most colorful characters, a real-life tough guy with the prison record to prove it, Robert Mitchum was a movie icon for an almost unprecedented half-century, the cool, sleepy-eyed star of such classics as The Night of the Hunter; Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison; Cape Fear; The Longest Day; Farewell, My Lovely; and The Winds of War. Be prepared for a few surprises in this frank, no holds barred, autobiography, of arguably the most talented actor of all time. The book is interesting and gives you a good impression of Robert the man who actually never gave a damn about what anyone thought about him be it fellow co stars or directors. Mitchum's off-screen escapades alone would be enough to fill a marathon block of E! Mitchum's off-screen escapades alone would be enough to fill a marathon block of E! The critically acclaimed Heaven Knows Mr. Allison is the result. I watched it recently and Mitchum is perfect. “Robert Mitchum: "Baby, I Don't Care" is the big Robert Mitchum book cultists have been waiting for. The title of Lee Server’s acclaimed 2002 biography, Robert Mitchum: Baby I Don’t Care (MacMillan), offers a perfect encapsulation of the eponymous actor: a hard-partying Hollywood Bad Boy who didn’t give a damn what moralizing finger-waggers thought of him, or what his peers in the movie business thought, or the press, or even the public. Very well written, well sourced bio of a creative but troubled man, Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2020. Amazing life he had, being a hobo at 14, coming from a poor but loving family and having a wander lust. Ten hour days digging ditches packed the pounds on his once skinny frame. It's an apt subtitle: "Baby, I Don't Care." Marty has seen all 103 of his films and Bob tells him that he has seen about 7 of them. What more do you want? We Had Faces Then. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Highly recommended.DRosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. He was well read and knowledgable about many subjects - though self-taught. Drunk, drug user, infidelity, 60 year marriage. Give me a break. I had no previous interest in Mitchum except that he was sultry and sassy in most of his roles and who doesn't like a bad boy? One of the movies' greatest actors and most colorful characters, a real-life tough guy with the prison record to prove it, Robert Mitchum was a movie icon for an almost unprecedented half-century, the cool, sleepy-eyed star of such classics as The Night of the Hunter; Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison; Cape Fear; The Longest Day; Farewell, My Lovely; and The Winds of War. He escaped through a swamp and hitched back to Delaware to reunite with his family. At sixteen, he worked various WPA jobs. Try. 590 pages. Illustrated. Reading Lee Server's biography Robert Mitchum: "Baby I Don't Care", one is struck by Mitchum's skill in making things look easy -- when Mitchum actually bothers to use any skill. Robert Mitchum: "Baby, I Don't Care" is the first complete biography of Mitchum, and a book as big, colorful, and controversial as the star himself. She pushed him into it in 1936 when a small theater group showed up in Long Beach. Robert Mitchum. To wit (briefly): asked if there was anything he wanted to add to a public statement of his wife’s about their relationship, he replid, “Just 30—at the end,” referring to journalistic shorthand for the end of a story; told while filming a cameo in Martin Scorsese’s remake of the Mitchum-starring, You'd really have to be a big fan of old movies to enjoy this biography of Robert Mitchum, the prototype of the cool, detached antihero on screen. Mitchum’s contract with RKO expired in 1954 his next film may be his best, The Night of The Hunter. The author's indepth research is incredibly detailed, perhaps too much for some readers. What I was not prepared for was that I would also read about the most revolting drunk I could ever imagine. Robert Mitchum, ''Baby, I Don't Care'' Old Hollywood Viejo Hollywood Hollywood Icons Hollywood Actor Golden Age Of Hollywood Hollywood Stars Classic Hollywood Hollywood Glamour Classic Movie Stars. 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