skip navigation
Murder, My Sweet

Murder, My Sweet(1944)

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:
Remind Me

TCMDb Archive MaterialsView all archives (2)

DVDs from TCM Shop

Murder, My Sweet Detective Philip... MORE > $49.98 Regularly $49.98 Buy Now

Articles

powered by AFI

SEE ALL ARTICLES
teaser Murder, My Sweet (1944)

SYNOPSIS:

Detective Philip Marlowe is hired by ex-con Moose Malloy to find his vanished showgirl and lady friend Velma, who seems to have taken a permanent powder. A cynical knight operating by his own system of honor, Marlowe soon becomes embroiled in a scheme involving a stolen jade necklace owned by a gorgeous and flirtatious blonde, Helen Grayle, wife of the very rich Mr. Grayle. As Marlowe's involvement in all these shady dealings escalates, so does the danger. The detective's path intersects with Ann Grayle, the rich man's daughter, who is following her own secret agenda, and a group of thugs tied to the jewel theft, led by an aristocratic quack doctor, Amthor, who drugs and keeps Marlowe captive for days until the detective escapes to unravel the case.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Producer: Adrian Scott
Screenplay: John Paxton
Based on the novel Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
Cinematography: Harry J. Wild
Editing: Joseph Noriega
Art Direction: Albert S. D'Agostino, Carroll Clark
Music: Roy Webb
Cast: Dick Powell (Philip Marlowe), Claire Trevor (Velma/Mrs. Grayle), Anne Shirley (Ann), Otto Kruger (Amthor), Mike Mazurki (Moose Malloy), Miles Mander (Mr. Grayle), Esther Howard (Mrs. Florian)
BW-96m. Closed captioning.

Why MURDER, MY SWEET is Essential

Murder, My Sweet is considered one of the first film noirs and a key influence on shaping the genre in its use of low-key black and white photography, its convoluted mystery plot and its depiction of a tough, cynical detective thrown into a world of corruption. Its box-office success helped establish the genre in Hollywood, inspiring generations of tough-talking gumshoes.

It was also the first film to feature Raymond Chandler's legendary private eye Philip Marlowe. Its success convinced Hollywood to try other adaptations of his novels, starting with The Big Sleep (1946), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

Most critics consider Murder, My Sweet to be the most faithful in both plot and spirit to Chandler's original novel.

A landmark film for both Dick Powell, who forever altered his choirboy image, and director Edward Dmytryk, who crossed-over from B-programmers like Captive Wild Woman (1943) to become a respected director of film noirs like Cornered (1945, which reunited Powell, producer Adrian Scott and screenwriter John Paxton) and Crossfire (1947). Murder, My Sweet was Dmytryk and Scott's first major success as a producing/directing team; unfortunately, both of them would see their careers ruined by the Hollywood blacklist within two years. Dmytryk initially balked at the notion of casting Powell as a tough guy. "The idea of the man who had sung "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" playing a tough private eye was beyond our imaginations," he noted of Powell. At the time, Powell's career had hit a creative dead-end and he was locked into that overgrown songster image. Anxious to break out of that stale typecasting, Powell had even campaigned for the featured tough-guy insurance agent role in Double Indemnity (1944), a role, ironically enough, awarded to the equally unlikely comedic actor Fred MacMurray. RKO's chief Charles Koerner wanted Powell under contract to star in his studio's musicals, but the only way Powell would agree to sign a contract was if he could play the lead in Murder, My Sweet as the first picture.

Powell was not the only actor to resist typecasting in Murder, My Sweet. Anne Shirley and Claire Trevor both conspired to do a little acting-against-type of their own, and petitioned for the proverbial good girl Anne to play the scheming fatale and for Claire, used to playing molls and floozies, to play the "good and dull" (as Anne put it) nice girl. But to no avail: conventional typecasting was followed and the actresses delivered expected versions of their usual screen personas.

Murder, My Sweet was originally delivered to theaters as Farewell, My Lovely, the original title of Chandler's 1940 novel. But audiences in the areas of its original release (New England and Minneapolis) were put off by the title, mistook Farewell for another Powell musical and stayed away, leading RKO executives to rechristen the film Murder, My Sweet. Farewell, My Lovely had been filmed once previously, as The Falcon Takes Over (1942) - and was remade in 1975 under Chandler's original title with Robert Mitchum as Marlowe.

Although he didn't get a penny for the film -- he had sold the rights to RKO years earlier -- Chandler considered Murder, My Sweet the best screen version of his work. He even noted that the film's success had made him the best-selling author of hard-boiled detective stories, eclipsing Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon.

by Frank Miller & Felicia Feaster

back to top
teaser Murder, My Sweet (1944)

With the success of Murder, My Sweet, director Edward Dmytryk, producer Adrian Scott, writer John Paxton and Dick Powell would reunite the following year for another film noir, Cornered (1945).

With Raymond Chandler's new popularity on screen, 20th Century-Fox decided to do a new version of his The High Window, which they had filmed in 1943 as the Mike Shayne mystery Time to Kill, starring Lloyd Nolan. The new version, The Brasher Doubloon (1947), gave George Montgomery a shot at playing Marlowe.

Before that, Warner Bros. brought Chandler's The Big Sleep (1946) to the screen, with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in the leads. This time Chandler sold the rights to director Howard Hawks for $20,000, ten times what he had gotten for Farewell, My Lovely (Hawks then sold the rights to Warner's for $50,000).

Powell, Trevor and Mazurki repeated their roles for a Lux Radio Theatre version of the film in 1945. Powell and Mazurki returned for a Hollywood Startime adaptation in 1948, with Mary Astor as leading lady.

The film's success brought Powell similar roles in two radio series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective and Rogue's Gallery.

Murder, My Sweet also inspired two different radio series, the short-lived Philip Marlowe in 1947, with Van Heflin, and the more successful The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, starring Gerald Mohr, from 1948-1951. In 1949, it was America's most popular radio series.

Powell would become the first actor to play Philip Marlowe on television, in a 1954 adaptation of The Long Goodbye for the series Climax. Other TV Marlowes included Philip Carey, in a short-lived ABC series; Powers Boothe, in a series of films for HBO; and James Caan in a later HBO movie.

One of television's most original Marlowes was African-American actor Danny Glover, who played the role in an episode of the Showtime series Fallen Angels in 1995. The performance brought him an Emmy nomination.

AVCO Embassy remade Chandler's novel in 1975 under the original title, Farewell, My Lovely. By then, the film was treated as a period picture. Robert Mitchum won solid reviews for his performance as an aging Philip Marlowe, with Charlotte Rampling as Velma, Jack O'Halloran as Moose, John Ireland and Harry Dean Stanton as the police detectives and Sylvia Miles winning an Oscar® nomination as the informant Jessie Florian. A follow-up based on The Big Sleep (1978) was less successful.

by Frank Miller

back to top
teaser Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Raymond Chandler originally intended to call his most famous character Philip Mallory. His wife convinced him to change the last name to Marlowe.

Farewell, My Lovely was actually an amalgam of two Marlowe stories: "Try the Girl" and "Mandarin Jade." The novel's working title was The Second Murderer.

When Dick Powell asked future wife, June Allyson, what she thought of the script for Murder, My Sweet, she said it was terrific. When he asked her if she thought he was right for the leading role, she warned him that he'd be a laughing stock in it.

One actor that director Edward Dmytryk wanted for the film sent the script back with the note, "Opened by mistake." The director was so insulted by his arrogance, he never offered him another role.

The first day of shooting was so rushed the wardrobe department was sewing Claire Trevor into her dress as they were setting up her first scene. They even forgot to call in a makeup woman, so Trevor had to apply makeup to her legs herself.

Powell entertained his co-stars between scenes by doing imitations of himself during his days as a singing juvenile.

Leading lady Anne Shirley wed the film's producer, Adrian Scott, a month before Murder, My Sweet opened. Shortly thereafter she retired from the screen. Murder, My Sweet would be her last picture.

For the film's British release, RKO restored the original title, Farewell, My Lovely.

Tag lines for the film included "Haunted by a lovely face...hunted for another's crime!" "A night of murder the police won't let him forget! The only key to his fate...a woman's face he can't remember!" and the succinct "Two-fisted, Hardboiled, Terrific!"

Famous Quotes from MURDER, MY SWEET

"The name is Moose. On account of I'm large. Moose Malloy." -- Mike Mazurki, as Moose Malloy, introducing himself to Dick Powell, as Philip Marlowe.

"She was a charming middle-aged lady with a face like a bucket of mud. I gave her a drink. She was a gal who'd take a drink, if she had to knock you down to get the bottle." -- Powell, as Philip Marlowe, describing Esther Howard, as Mrs. Florian.

"I'm afraid I don't like your manner."
"Yeah, I've had complaints about it, but it keeps getting worse." -- Douglas Walton, as Lindsay Marriott, trading quips with Powell, as Marlowe.

"How would you like a swift punch on the nose?"
"I tremble at the thought of such violence." -- Walton, as Lindsay Marriott, trying to threaten Powell.

"I caught the blackjack right behind my ear. A black pool opened up at my feet. I dived in. It had no bottom. I felt pretty good -- like an amputated leg." -- Powell.

"He was doubled up on his face in that bag of old clothes position that always means the same thing. He had been killed by an amateur, or by somebody who wanted it to look like an amateur job. Nobody else would hit a man that many times with a sap." -- Powell, discovering Walton's body.

"You're not a detective, you're a slot machine. You'd slit your own throat for six bits plus tax!" -- Donald Douglas, as Lt. Randall.

"The cops always like to solve murders done with my gun." -- Powell.

"It was a nice little front yard, cozy, okay for the average family, only you'd need a compass to go to the mail box. The house was all right, too, but it wasn't as big as Buckingham Palace." -- Powell, describing the Grayles' mansion.

"He gave me a hundred bucks to take care of him, and I didn't. I'm just a small businessman in a very messy business, but I like to follow through on a sale." -- Powell.

"You've got a nice build for a detective."
"It gets me around." -- Claire Trevor, as Helen Grayle, flirting with Powell.

"My throat felt sore, but the fingers feeling it didn't feel anything. They were just a bunch of bananas that looked like fingers." -- Powell.

"'Okay Marlowe,' I said to myself. 'You're a tough guy. You've been sapped twice, choked, beaten silly with a gun, shot in the arm until you're crazy as a couple of waltzing mice. Now let's see you do something really tough - like putting your pants on.'" -- Powell.

"You shouldn't kiss a girl when you're wearing that gun... leaves a bruise!" -- Trevor, as Helen Grayle.

"She's hardly changed, only more fancy, cute as lace pants." -- Mazurki, as Moose Malloy, eulogizing Trevor, as Helen.

"Nulty... I haven't kissed anybody in a long time. Would it be all right if I kissed you, Nulty?" -- A blinded Powell, pretending he thinks Shirley, as Ann Grayle, is Paul Phillips, as Detective Nulty.

Compiled by Frank Miller

back to top
teaser Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Raymond Chandler was an oil executive until the Depression put an end to his business career and forced him to return to his first love, writing. He polished his craft writing short stories for mystery magazines, including the legendary Black Mask Magazine in the '30s, where he introduced private eye Philip Marlowe in "Killer in the Rain." That story evolved into Chandler's first novel The Big Sleep, in 1939. Farewell, My Lovely, his second novel, appeared in 1940, but only sold about 2,900 copies.

RKO bought the rights to Farewell, My Lovely for just $2,000 because they needed material for their series of B-films about the society sleuth "The Falcon." They used the plot in the 1942 The Falcon Takes Over. In that version, George Sanders played detective (though as Gay Falcon rather than Philip Marlowe), with Ward Bond as Moose, Helen Gilbert as Velma and Turhan Bey as the phony psychic Amthor.

During World War II, sales of Chandler's books started to improve. By the end of the '40s, he estimated that Farewell, My Lovely had sold half a million copies.

Writer-turned-producer Adrian Scott came across the novel in RKO's files and thought a faithful film version would boost his career. Since the earlier version had made substantial changes and, in his opinion, left out the novel's best material, he had no qualms about asking for a re-make so soon after the earlier film. In fact, he sold the idea to RKO management by noting that they could film the novel almost exactly as written, thereby saving the costs of having a screenplay commissioned.

To work on the screenplay, Scott enlisted writer John Paxton, a former reporter and publicist he had known in New York. Director Edward Dmytryk had scored a big hit with RKO's low-budget Hitler's Children (1943) and was ready for a move into A-pictures.

Scott suggested writing the film as an extended flashback with Marlowe narrating, thereby maintaining the novel's first-person narrative.

The major change from the novel was in the creation of the Ann Grayle character. Originally, Ann was the daughter of an honest cop. Making her the femme fatale's stepdaughter gave the character more edge and made it clearer that, in true film noir tradition, the good and bad women were different sides of the same coin.

Another change Scott and screenwriter John Paxton made from the novel was the race of the murdered bar owner. In the original novel, he was black, which accounted for the police's derelict investigation of the crime. Making him white meant his scenes would not have to be cut in Southern states and also attributed the police's lack of interest in the crime to overall corruption rather than racism.

RKO president Charles Koerner took a chance on the production by giving Scott and Dmytryk a larger than usual budget - $400,000 - for this type of movie.

As they shaped the property, Scott and Dmytryk dreamed of casting Warner Bros. tough guy John Garfield as Marlowe.

With his career as a singer in musicals fading, Dick Powell was desperate for a change of image. He had signed with Paramount to star in the Preston Sturges comedy Christmas in July (1940), but the studio then stuck him in a series of increasingly threadbare musicals. When Paramount announced plans to film Double Indemnity (1944), with Chandler working on the screenplay, Powell campaigned to play the crooked insurance investigator, but director-writer Billy Wilder cast Fred MacMurray, another screen lightweight in need of a stronger image. Wilder thought he could get audiences past MacMurray's light comic image, but didn't think they would accept a singer like Powell in the tough-guy role

Koerner wanted to sign Powell for a string of musicals at RKO, but the former singer refused to come on board unless he got to play Philip Marlowe first. Inspired by MacMurray's success in Double Indemnity, Koerner agreed.

Tired with their typecasting as the bad girl and good girl, respectively, leading ladies Claire Trevor and Anne Shirley campaigned to switch roles, to no avail. As a consolation prize, Shirley demanded that her heiress character at least get to wear a mink coat, a bit of glamour missing from her usual run of working-class characters.

by Frank Miller

back to top
teaser Murder, My Sweet (1944)

It was hard to get Mike Mazurki (Moose Malloy) to tower over Dick Powell, because the former singer stood 6' 2", with Mazurki only slightly taller at 6' 4 1/2". For many scenes, Powell had to stand in a trench.

For Mazurki's first appearance, reflected in the window of Powell's office, director Edward Dmytryk couldn't get the taller actor to appear large enough because the window was too far from the camera. Instead, he had a plate of glass placed between the camera and Marlowe's desk, then reflected Mazurki's image in that. On screen, the plate glass is undetectable, making the large reflection seem to be farther from the camera.

Another trick Dmytryk used to make Mazurki more threatening was having the sets built with slanted ceilings to force the perspective. As Mazurki walked closer to the camera, he seemed almost to grow.

For the scene in which Marlowe is drugged, Dmytryk showed Powell falling through a sea of faces. In this he borrowed a trick from Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur (1942) by having the camera pull back from the actor to make it seem he was falling. He had the camera accelerate as it pulled back, as well, to intensify the horror.

To protect his leading man in the final shoot out, when Marlowe dives for Grayle's gun only to have it go off right in front of his face, Dmytryk used the plate glass trick from the film's beginning to reflect the gunshot at a safe distance from Powell. Since Miles Mander had held the gun in his right hand in all other shots for that scene, he had to hold it in his left hand to disguise the reflection.

The film was shot under the book's title, but when it premiered in Minneapolis in December 1944, it bombed. Executives realized that the marquee "Dick Powell in Farewell, My Lovely" made the film look like a musical. When they changed the title, the picture became a hit.

With the success of Murder, My Sweet, RKO President Charles Koerner abandoned plans to star Powell in a series of musicals and cast him in more hard-boiled detective and action films instead.

by Frank Miller

back to top
teaser Murder, My Sweet (1944)

This is a fine example of the American thriller - in its plot, its atmospheric photography and lighting, its brutality (both police and lovers'), and its theatrical touches and twists of plot. It is one of the best films in the genre - and one of Dmytryk's best." - Georges Sadoul, Dictionary of Films (University of California Press).

"A revolutionary crime film in that it was the first to depict the genuinely seedy milieu suggested by its author. One of the first film noirs of the mid-forties, a minor masterpiece of expressionist film making, and a total change of direction for a crooner who suddenly became a tough guy." - Halliwell's Film & Video Guide (HarperPerennial).

"Picture is known for its seedy characters; hard-edged, hyperbolic dialogue and narration; dark, atmospheric photography by Harry J. Wild. But I think it's most significant because it is the one picture to fully exploit the nightmarish elements that are present in good film noir. Because our narrator, Marlowe, spends time recovering from being knocked out and, later, from drugs in his bloodstream, he never has a clear head; the dark, smoky world he walks through becomes increasingly surreal, indicating he is in a dream state." - Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic (Fireside).

"Murder, My Sweet, a taut thriller about a private detective enmeshed with a gang of blackmailers, is as smart as it is gripping. Ace direction and fine camera-work combine with a neat story and top performances. It should pay off plenty." -- Bron, Variety.

"A nasty, draggled bit of dirty work, accurately observed." -- C.A. Lejeune, the Observer.

"Fine adaptation of Chandler's novel....evocatively creating a seedy, sordid world of shifting loyalties and unseen evil...Powell is surprisingly good as Marlowe, certainly more faithful to the writer's conception than Bogart was in The Big Sleep [1946], while the supporting cast make the most of John Paxton's superb dialogue. And Harry Wild's chiaroscuro camerawork is the true stuff of noir." - Geoff Andrew, TimeOut Film Guide (Penguin).

"The movie is energetic enough, but its crumminess can't all be explained by fidelity to the material. Edward Dmytryk directed, in the brutal, fast style popular in the war years." - Pauline Kael, 5001 Nights at the Movies (Henry Holt and Company).

"The fully realized noir look first appears in Murder, My Sweet (1944), an echt-forties thriller which rarely gets it due because of the relative unpopularity of its director, Edward Dmytryk, and the miscalculation of casting Dick Powell as Philip Marlowe, a crooner playing a private eye, his dimples showing through the stubble." - Carlos Clarens, Crime Movies: An Illustrated History (W.W. Norton).
Murder, My Sweet has a visual quality that became characteristic of the period. Contrast is all important...Murder, My Sweet is also filled with a succession of grotesque characters that have little relation to the real world. They exist as icons or images of the twilight world of film noir. Ultimately, Murder, My Sweet is the archetype for a number of films made later." - Carl Macek & Ellen Keneshea, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style (The Overlook Press).

"Director Edward Dmytryk (Crossfire, 1947, The Caine Mutiny, 1954) masterfully employs all the genre staples -- deep shadows, swirling cigarette smoke, harsh lighting, and a constant aura of unease -- while adding his own creative, visually stunning touches, such as the recurring "black pool" that opens up and engulfs Marlowe whenever thugs render him unconscious. In addition, when the detective is injected with a cocktail of coma-inducing narcotics, Dmytryk takes us inside Marlowe's brain, using an expressionistic style to depict the disjointed and unsettling images the drugs inspire. Powell's detached narration throughout these scenes enhances the mood, while keeping the avant-garde touches within the story's framework." -- David Krauss, digitallyobsessed.com.

"Still packs a wallop." - Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide (Plume).

"Murder, My Sweet gave a Raymond Chandler story the combination of skinned knuckles and big-city sentience proper to it." - James Agee.

AWARDS & HONORS

Murder, My Sweet won the Mystery Writers of America's Best Motion Picture Award for 1945.

Compiled by Frank Miller & Jeff Stafford

back to top
teaser Murder, My Sweet (1944)

In typical film noir fashion, Murder, My Sweet (1944) opens with a flashback as detective Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) sits beneath a police station's hot lamp and recounts the convoluted story of two women, a jade necklace and multiple murders.

Based on Raymond Chandler's quintessential pulp novel, Murder My Sweet features an unlikely Marlowe, 1930s Warner Bros. musical star Dick Powell, who is surprisingly effective as the jaded gumshoe. At the opening of the film, Marlowe is hired by ex-con and thick-headed palooka Moose Malloy (wrestler Mike Mazurki) to find his vanished showgirl and lady friend Velma, who seems to have taken a permanent powder.

A typically dense, labyrinthine Chandler yarn in The Big Sleep tradition, the plot thickens and Marlowe becomes embroiled in a scheme involving a stolen jade necklace owned by a gorgeous and flirtatious blonde, Helen Grayle (Claire Trevor), wife of the very rich Mr. Grayle (Miles Mander). Ann Grayle (Ann Shirley), a girl with a face "like a Sunday School picnic," is the rich man's daughter, who has her own investment in this rapidly complicated scenario. As Marlowe's involvement in all these shady dealings escalates, so does the danger. Marlowe's path intersects with a group of thugs tied to the jewel theft, led by an aristocratic quack doctor, Amthor (Otto Kruger), who drugs and keeps Marlowe captive for days in one of Murder, My Sweet's more sordid and memorable moments.

The hard-boiled dialogue flies by at an impressive clip in director Edward Dmytryk's slick, entertaining adaptation of Chandler's story. And the grubby atmosphere is equally compelling in this superior noir populated with disreputable characters of every stripe, from brain-damaged ex-cons to gold-digging wives and dipsomaniac floozies. Early on in his search for Velma, Marlowe encounters a washed-up, drunken woman who receives him in her bathrobe, just one of the many L.A. lowlifes he encounters in the seedy backstreets of the city. In usual hard-as-nails fashion, Marlowe sizes her up thusly: "she was a gal who'd take a drink. She'd knock you down to get the bottle."

A landmark film for both Powell, who forever altered his choirboy image, and director Dmytryk, who crossed-over from B-programmers like Captive Wild Woman (1943) to become a respected director of film noirs like Cornered (1945) (which reunited Powell, producer Adrian Scott and screenwriter John Paxton) and Crossfire (1947). Dmytryk initially balked at the notion of casting Powell as a tough guy. "The idea of the man who had sung "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" playing a tough private eye was beyond our imaginations," he noted of Powell. At the time, Powell's career had hit a creative dead-end and he was locked into that overgrown songster image. Anxious to break out of that stale typecasting, Powell had even campaigned for the featured tough-guy insurance agent role in Double Indemnity (1944), a role, ironically enough, awarded to the equally unlikely comedic actor Fred MacMurray. RKO's chief Charles Koerner wanted Powell under contract to star in his studio's musicals, but the only way Powell would agree to sign a contract was if he could play the lead in Murder, My Sweet as the first picture.

Powell was not the only actor to resist typecasting in Murder, My Sweet. Anne Shirley and Claire Trevor both conspired to do a little acting-against-type of their own, and petitioned for the proverbial good girl Anne to play the scheming fatale and for Claire, used to playing molls and floozies, to play the "good and dull" (as Anne put it) nice girl. But to no avail: conventional typecasting was followed and the actresses delivered expected versions of their usual screen personas.

Murder, My Sweet was originally delivered to theaters as Farewell, My Lovely, the original title of Chandler's 1940 novel. But audiences in the areas of its original release (New England and Minneapolis) were put off by the title, mistook Farewell for another Powell musical and stayed away, leading RKO executives to rechristen the film Murder, My Sweet.

Farewell, My Lovely had been filmed once previously, as The Falcon Takes Over (1942) - and was remade in 1975 under Chandler's original title with Robert Mitchum as Marlowe. But Murder, My Sweet is still considered the penultimate version and is deeply indebted to Dmytryk's atmospheric lensing and improvisational touches. For example, the director had Powell walk in gutters or in his stocking feet in order to give the impression of Moose towering frighteningly over him (even though there was only a two-inch difference in Powell and Mazurki's actual heights). Powell's performance as the rumpled, unshaven and tough-talking Marlowe was equally crucial in establishing the dark and sinister tone of this unforgettably cynical film.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Producer: Adrian Scott
Screenplay: John Paxton, based on novel Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
Cinematography: Harry J. Wild
Production Design: Carroll Clark and Albert S. D'Agostino
Music: Roy Webb
Cast: Dick Powell (Philip Marlowe), Claire Trevor (Velma/Helen Grayle), Anne Shirley (Ann Grayle), Otto Kruger (Amthor), Mike Mazurki (Moose Malloy), Miles Mander (Mr. Grayle).
BW-96m. Closed captioning.

by Felicia Feaster

back to top