One of my favorite actors was Robert Mitchum — which isn’t surprising, as he was in two of my favorite movies. Tom Loewy talks about Mitchum and some noirish stuff, and shares this great story from the making of Angel Face:
In an early scene, Mitchum slaps co-star Jean Simmons in the face. During production, director Otto Preminger told Mitchum to slap Simmons a number of times. After about four or five takes, Simmons started crying.
Preminger called for another take, whereupon Mitchum casually strolled over to the director and clocked him with an open-handed blow that nearly knocked Preminger to the floor.
Then Mitchum calmly asked Preminger, “Is that what you want, Otto?” and walked off the set.
Pimp-slapping Otto Preminger? Yeah, that’s cool.