Huston's film brought Deborah Kerr one of her several Oscar nominations for Best Actress. He and co-writer John Lee Mahin (RED DUST, CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS, BOOM TOWN, QUO VADIS) were Oscar nominees for the screenplay.
Mitchum's character calls himself "a big, dumb guy" who is "Marine through and through." Listen to him. He sounds different than he did in the film noir classic OUT OF THE PAST, in HIS KIND OF WOMAN with Jane Russell, as the psychotic killer preacher in THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, as the Australian sheepherder family in THE SUNDOWNERS with Deborah Kerr or as the billionaire playboy in the satirical comedy WHAT A WAY TO GO! with Shirley MacLaine.
After I graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, I stayed there instead of going back home to L.A. to find broadcast work. I find it there soon after graduation. I lived and worked in Milwaukee for ten years. The Marine is a man who grew up in Milwaukee. As a baby, he was left at a Milwaukee orphanage.
HEAVEN KNOWS, MR. ALLISON was good Saturday night entertainment. If you're a Robert Mitchum fan and you've never seen this one, check it out on Netflix. His talent deserves re-appreciation.