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B-movie brings its A-game
So good you want to live there. A cast of scene stealers, Bond is uncommonly scary, Bari is an eye magnet, Gleason is in rare form, Jenkins and Sanders host the party.
Thought I was hallucinating!
Sitting here with my wife on a rainy day in Georgia...a few minutes into the movie my wife says "Isn't that that Mike Masurki guy you were telling me about?' "No dear, that's Ward Bond...remember 'Wagon Train'?" As the plot & film unfolded, we KNEW we had just seen this a few weeks ago...was it a Boston Blackie? an old Dick Tracy? maybe 'The Whistler'? Nope. A "premake" of "Murder My Sweet" with Dick Powell. TCM might try running them back to back some day for film buffs. This was good, but preferred the Mike Masurki version!
I missed the first 15 or so minutes, which, I think, were very important. It looks so good. Would you please show this film again? Thank you, TCM for showing such great film classics. It is because of you, I have grown to love these old films.
Reading the synopsis, and seeing the great Ward Bond's character's name, one can recognize this as an early and altered version of Raymond Chandler's "Farewell, My Lovely". That was, you recall, made as "Murder, My Sweet" with Dick Powell in his image altering portrayal of Philip Marlowe. That film noire classic also starred Claire Trevor, and featured Mike Mazurky as "Moose Malloy", the name sported by Bond in this Falcon film.