Ann Blyth and Robert Mitchum star in One Minute to Zero (1952) this coming Saturday, May 27th at 10:30 a.m. ET on Turner Classic Movies.
From my book Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. --
Their most intriguing scene together, however, is playing sitting opposite each other at a kitchen table after she has made supper for him at her apartment in Japan, their first date. The candles burn down, and both, slightly slumped over the table, he with his chin on his hand, give the impression of being all talked out. A soothing, lazy tune, in a delicately Asian style, penetrates their silence, coming, we are told in a quick camera shot from a record on a portable record player. Suddenly, Robert Mitchum begins to sing along to the tune, in Japanese. Catch Ann’s expression of surprised delight. She is glued to his face, watching him sing, fascinated by him. It opens the door to their romance. She sees there is more to him than just a blustering alpha male dismissive of her opinions on the war.