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Great noir film
Dick Powell is excellent in this movie. I had only seen him before in pillow-talk roles. He really hit a homerun with this performance. The noir movies are all goodin general and well-worth watching.
Murder, my Sweet
- Dashiell Barnes
The most faithful adaptation of a Chandler novel. Powell proves he can do more than sing & dance as the first great personification of Marlowe, Trevor is superb as the femme fatal. Intriguing story & details from shadows to rain are brought to life by Dmytryck's direction. In short, this film encompasses all that viewers love about the film noir genre. I give it a 4.5/5.
Another great film noir from the RKO vault. Dick Powell is SO good as Marlowe, and Claire Trevor and the supporting cast are also superb. Anne Shirley's last picture, which is a shame, but she went out with a bang- An excellent performance in a major role.
Watch Esther Howard...she's great!
- Mikey Lacy
This film is a classic, no doubt. I find it enjoyable being able to view the great character actress Esther Howard. She made a great career out of being queen of the ugly drunks. She is worth a look in all of her films. Another Hope Emerson!
You will enjoy it!
This is a nicely restored and entertaining detective story. The acting is great. Dick Powell fits well as Philip Marlowe. The rather "fuzzy" ending could have been done differently. All-in-all, you enjoy this film.
An alternative "Marlowe"
I liked Bogie and Powell as Philip Marlowe, but if I were casting director then, my only choice for the part would have been Robert Mitchum...he was alwayshow I visualized Philip Marlowe.
I beg to differ.
- George H.
Many people claim this is an excellent film noir with top notch performances. Well I a beg to differ on that subject. The film itself is rather good, but I personally do not care for Powell's performance. His Marlowe was unconvincing and did not seem to fit the image of the Marlowe I had generated in my mind on reading the book. The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart is probably the best interpretation of a Chandler novel out there. But when I really think of Philip Marlowe I think of Gerald Mohr in the truly amazing radio series The Adventures of Philip Marlowe. I highly reccommend listening to the series. There are many websites that feature free downloads of the shows, such as otrfan.com
The window of opportunity seems to have closed for notable screen renditions of Chandler - leaving a limited catalogue of classics. Bogart is Phillip Marlowe, but Powell brings a valuable interpretation. The performances here by Trevor and Kruger are definitive.
This is the height of film noir as far as I am concerned. It has everything including a brilliant first hard boiled performance of dick powell, and a consistently good performance by claire trevor. Dark lighting, a good plot that does not yield the truth untl the end, and a terrific nightmare sequence worthy of Salvatore Dali. Above all else is Powell's acting, tough and real. After this film he was no longer seen as the hollywood song and dance guy.