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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (7 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571210104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571210107
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Huge, sleekly written, and hugely entertaining.' -- Spectator

'Lee Server's thorough work gives Mitchum the biography he deserves, and consolidates his reputation as one of the very best.' -- Guardian

'One of the finest and most troubling showbiz biographies in many a long year.' -- Sight & Sound

'Some guy. And this is some book . . . Server is the best kind of biographer, a fan who doesn't let his admiration get in the way of telling the truth.' -- Scotland on Sunday

'This is a book you can wallow in. You're never far from a fight or a steamy romance or a drinking binge...' -- New Statesman

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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.

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Lee Sever's brilliant Biography of Mitchum is biographical writing at it's best. Thoroughly researched this book brings to life one of Hollywood's great Actors and rebels. What it also reveals however is the "poet with an axe". Mitchum was a phenomenally intelligent and cultured man for all his drug-taking, womanising and general roister-doistering. But he hid his intelligence sometimes behind characters, but nearl always in real life. Only those that got close to him or that he respected were ever allowed into the other side of Mitchum, a side which was more Mark Twain Hollywood vain. The book had me in tears come it's ending, partially for Mitchum and partially because one didn't want the book to end. I have read MANY Hollywood biographies over the years and this is by far the most outstanding I have ever read. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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I collect biographies, particularly those connected to Hollywood.
All I have to say is this.."Baby, I don't care" is, without doubt, the best biography of any film star I have ever read.
Robert Mitchum was a remarkable man, a wonderful actor. Lee Server - The author of this brilliant biography - is first class in telling the life story of, probably, Hollywood's finest yet most underrated actor.
Thanks to Lee Server, I will now watch with avid interest, every Mitchum movie that gets aired on Television. Robert Mitchum was so much more than just an actor.
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A very well researched book on this under rated actor with quotes from family, friends (and the not so friendly)and fellow actors and covers all his movies with great depth, nothing in the life of Robert Mitchum has been left out, a warts and all biography.. I recommend the book to any movie buff.
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I think it rather fitting that one of Hollywood's greatest and most unique talents, one whose qualities have (arguably) never been fully recognised by the 'cinema cognoscenti', should have been 'commemorated' in such a great biography as film writer Lee Server's 2001 effort. Not only is Server's account of Mitchum's life and career one of the most extensive (running to 650 pages) and well-researched (over 100 interviews with Mitchum's family, friends and work colleagues), but it steers well clear of being (unlike many others) hagiographic - not surprising, I guess, given that Mitchum's mercurial persona featured as many bouts of drunken, violent and disdainful behaviour as it did caring, cultured and respectful treatment of his many and varied acquaintances.

Of course, Server's sub-title here, 'Baby, I Don't Care' (Mitchum's famous line from one of his greatest films, Jacques Tourneur's 1947 noir masterpiece, Out Of The Past (or Build My Gallows High)), reflects the man's apparent easy-going, perhaps even superficial, take on life and, in particular, his chosen life path, acting. Yet what comes across time and again, authenticated by the multitude of testimonials in Server's account, was the man's almost unique ability to find the heart of his screen character and to deliver this with unassuming authority and naturalism. Mitchum is, of course, also one of the most memorably quoted members of his profession ever - arguably warranting a book on the subject à la Churchill, Wilde, etc - and Server's book thus also becomes one of the out-and-out funniest I have read in a long time.
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2016
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In Charles Laughton's exquisite one-of-a-kind film The Night of the Hunter, Robert Mitchum plays a psychotic preacher with the words LOVE and HATE tattooed on the knuckles of each hand. It's one of the most riveting performances in all cinema, charmingly villainous and charismatically frightening. Mitchum, who could be both in life too, proves he could act with as much commitment and scintillating brilliance as any of his peers. The film was a flop, and no one connected with it came close to sniffing any Oscars, yet another damning indictment of the Academy - another being their failure to award Mitchum at all for over fifty years of astonishingly consistent performances in many diverse movies, from westerns to film noir to adventure films and much else.
He deserved a biography that does his fascinating and at times Huck Finn-like life justice, and this is what Lee Server (also author of a model biography of Ava Gardner) achieves, employing a somewhat slangy, rangy style befitting his informal, anti-authoritarian subject.
I don't always read the early chapters of such biographies, since the childhoods of actors are rarely that fascinating, but Mitchum's is an exception - and then some! In fact, I'd urge anyone to not miss the first couple of chapters of this exemplary book, as it explains so much about his later life.
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