Robert Mitchum busted for pot (1948)
.. si Wirephoto FACE NARCOTICS CHARGES—Actor Robert Mitchum (left, bottom photo) is accused of violating narcotics laws after a raid on a "marijuana, den" "Wednesday in the Hollywood hills. Pictured in jail are Dancer Vickie Evans (top photo, left) and Actress Lila Leeds (right), and (bottom photo), Mltchum 'and his friend, Robin Ford (right), real estate agent. , ,_ _ , -„..,,.-., '" '••'' "' ™*^* Studios Rally to Aid Actor in Dope Case HOLLYWOOD — GP) — With • ft heavy stake .in three -unreleased Robert Mitchum pictures, two studios rallied today to the defense of the 81-year-old cinema hero, accused of violating narcotics laws. RKO and Selznick Studios said ..Terry Giesfer, noted western criminal lawyer who has figured in several cases involving screen stars, would represent the handsome Mitchum. • The actor and real estate agent, Robin jiSV>rd, 31, were arrested with Actress Lilk Leeds! 20, and Dancer Vickie Evans, 25, in what police said was a mariajuana smoking party in the girls' room. The studios and Giesler asked that Mitchum be given the benefit of doubt until all evidence is in. Giesler, counsel for Charlie Chaplin and Brrol Flynn in past cases, said there were "many unexplained facts and circumstances surrounding the raid" and that the actor's friends were convinced he would be cleared. Makes $3000 Week • Mitchum, rising star whose salary has been $3000 weekly, and the others accused were released on $1000 bail each. A hearing on writs of habeas corpus was set for September 8. ' " RKO and " Selznick have scheduled for release the Mitchum | pictures, "Rachael and the Stranger" and "Blood on the Moon," while Republic has "The Red Pony," made on Mitcbum's loan from Selznick Studio. Mitchum's loan price had been set by Selznick at $175,000 a picture. Effect on Marriage Police quoted Mitcbum as saying his arrest "ends hope of a reconciliation with my wife, Dorothy." She had been in the east several weeks with their two young sons but was en route west by. automobile. "I'm afraid," Mitchum was quoted, "this ends the reconciliation, for my wife is a very resolute woman." Idol of bobby soi groups, Mitchum was scheduled to appear in a National Youth Month program at Los" Angeles city hall Wednesday. Charles Cooney, radio public relations roan for the mayor, said Mitchum had canceled his appearance and gave his reason—laryngitis.