The Maven wrote:
Jeff was not condescending and the Black folks weren't stereotyped with a crazy dialect. And more importantly, Mitchum's back is to the camera and Tourneur lets Theresa Harris have the whole scene.
My perception may be somewhat tainted due to my affection for Tourneur's films, but Tourneur seems to have been ahead of the Hollywood curve on portrayal of Black folks. That scene in OUT OF THE PAST is a great example as are a multitude of scenes with Juano Hernandez as Uncle Famous in STARS IN MY CROWN. The great beauty is the respect that Tourneur gives to all characters as people (warts and all) and, thereby, to the audience.