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Robert Mitchum: Recommended Reading



If you're shopping for a Mitchum biography, your only in-print choice is Lee Server's excellent 2001 book Robert Mitchum: Baby, I Don't Care, although it's hardly the first book written about the acting icon. However, most are currently out of print, so used bookstores and stores or online services that do book searches may be your only hope to find some of the titles below.

Mitchum Biographies


  • Robert Mitchum: "Baby, I Don't Care", Lee Server, 2001, St. Martin's Press
  • The Robert Mitchum Story, ("It Sure Beats Working"), Mike Tomkies, 1972, Ballantine Books (out of print)
  • Robert Mitchum, A Biography, George Eels, 1984, Franklin Watts, Inc. (out of print)
  • The Tough Guys, James Robert Parish, 1976, Arlington House
    Also features sections on James Cagney, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson and Paul Muni (out of print)
  • Them Ornery Mitchum Boys: The Adventures of Robert and John Mitchum John Mitchum, 1989, Creatures at Large Press
    Mitchum's younger brother John, (who passed away in November of 2001), shares bawdy anecdotes about his more famous acting brother (out of print)
  • Robert Mitchum, A Bio-Bibliography , Jerry Roberts, 1992, Greenwood Press
    An exhaustive tome, with annotated notes of Mitchum's films, radio, TV, and stage appearances, as well as an annotated bibliography covering every book on Mitchum prior to 1992.

Books on Mitchum Films


Mitchum-related Books


It would be impossible to list all the books that mention Mitchum, since his career spanned 50-plus years, he gets a lot of mentions. The most authoritative source on Mitchum remains the above-mentioned Robert Mitchum, A Bio-Bibliography, by Jerry Roberts.

Film Biographies

  • Ava, Roland Flamini, 1983, Berkley Books
    Biography of Ava Gardner, Mitchum's co-star in My Forbidden Past
  • Just Tell Me When to Cry, A Memoir, Richard Fleischer, 1993, Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc.
    Autobiography of director Fleischer, who directed Mitchum (uncredited) in His Kind of Woman and in Bandido
  • My Lucky Stars, A Hollywood Memoir, Shirley MacLaine, 1995, Bantam Books MacLaine talks about working with Mitchum in What a Way to Go! and Two for the Seesaw and goes on record about their affair
  • Jane Russell, An Autobiography, 1985, Franklin Watts, Inc.
    Jane Russell recounts working with Mitchum on Macao and His Kind of Woman





Film Noir
  • Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir, Eddie Muller, 1998, St. Martin's Press
  • The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir, Foster Hirsch, 1981, Da Capo Press
    Brief discussion of Mitchum's noir roles
  • Film Noir: Reflections in a Dark Mirror, Bruce Crowther, 1988, Continuum Publishing Co., New York (out of print)
    Extended discussion of Mitchum as noir actor
  • Suspects, David Thomson, 1985, Vintage Books
    Critic David Thomson weaves his favorite film characters, notably Jeff Bailey
    from Out of the Past and George Bailey from It's a Wonderful Life, into a noir novel

Based on a Novel By ...


FilmBased on the Book
The Ambassador 52 Pickup by Elmore Leonard
The Angry Hills The Angry Hills by Leon Uris
AnzioAnzio by Wynford Vaughan-Thomas
The Big Sleep The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Blood on the MoonGunman's Chance by Luke Short
Cape FearThe Executioners by John D. McDonald.
CrossfireThe Brick Foxhole by Richard Brooks
Desire MeKarl and Anna by Leonard Frank
El DoradoThe Stars in Their Courses by Harry Brown
Farewell, My Lovely Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
Fire Down Below Fire Down Below by Max Catto
The Friends of Eddie CoyleThe Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins
Heaven Knows, Mr. AllisonHeaven Knows, Mr. Allison by Charles Shaw
Home From the HillHome From the Hill by William Humphrey
The Human ComedyThe Human Comedy by William Saroyan
The Hunters The Hunters by James Salter
The Last Tycoon The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nevada Nevada by Zane Grey
The List of Adrian Messenger The List of Adrian Messenger by Philip MacDonald
Man in the Middle The Winston Affair by Howard Fast
Mister Moses Mister Moses by Max Catto
Mr. North Theophilus North by Thornton Wilder
My Forbidden Past Carriage Entrance by Polan Banks
The Night Fighters A Terrible Beauty by Arthur Roth
The Night of the Hunter The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb
Not as a StrangerNot as a Stranger by Morton Thompson
Out of the PastBuild My Gallows High by Geoffrey Homes (Daniel Mainwaring)
Rampage Rampage by Allan Caillou
The Red Pony The Red Pony by John Steinbeck.
The Story of G.I. Joe Brave Men by Ernie Pyle
The Sundowners The Sundowners by Jon Cleary
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo by Ted W. Lawson
Till the End of Time They Dream of Home by Niven Busch
Track of the Cat Track of the Cat by Walter Tilberg Clark
Villa Rides Villa Rides by Wiliam Douglas Lansford
War and Remembrance War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk
Winds of War Winds of War by Herman Wouk
The Wonderful Country The Wonderful Country by Tom Lea

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