They thought they could control me. I liked the picture, but they had different ideas about it than I did. I said let’s be friends. They had it differently… I was just trying to be the arbiter between the company and the men I work with. I like to speak up for anybody I can and if I can’t it’s no good. It was just a matter of attitude.
- Robert Mitchum in response to getting fired from the Warner Bros. movie Blood Alley
Other sources said the real reason he was fired was that he pushed a coworker (transportation manager, George Coleman) into the icy waters of San Francisco Bay. Mitchum denies this. The film’s producer John Wayne ended up taking the part after Gregory Peck turned it down and Humphrey Bogart wanted too much money.