Russell's then-racy promotional posters for the film, in which she posed seductively on a pile of straw, cemented her image as a sex symbol and sparked censorship, delaying the movie's release for several years. But it also made her a star. She went on to appear opposite some of Hollywood's most desirable leading men and to play the physical foil to Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).
In the 1970s, Russell put her famous figure back to work as a spokesperson for Playtex bras. She died Feb. 28, 2011, at age 89.
Robert Mitchum plays a luckless gambler who agrees to sell his identity to a deported mobster (Raymond Burr). Jane Russell co-stars as a singer pretending to be an heiress, in an attempt to get her hooks into a Shakespeare-slinging actor (Vincent Price). These and other shady characters wind up in a Mexican resort, where the fun really begins. Howard Hughes produced this comedy noir as a vehicle for his rising star Russell.