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Mr. Powell is the best of the Marlowes
Wow...what a terrific film noir with a top notch cast to boot!!! Mr. Dick Powell is just superb as private-eye detective, Philip Marlowe, imparting sex appeal and a tough-guy image with Ms. Claire Trevor as the ever femme fatale in typical film noir fashion. Ms. Anne Shirley is equally great as the ingenue and the other supporting cast provide great performances as well and are just so fun to watch. It has become my favorite of the "film noir" and "Marlowe" films.
Murder My Sweet
- Michael Whitty
Raymond Chandler's classic mystery "Farewell My Lovely" was first put to film with "Murder My Sweet" in 1944 with Dick Powell playing the memorable detective Philip Marlowe getting into a murder story and more. This black-and-white film was done with plenty of intrigue and finished as a good private-eye film. Thirty years later when private-eye films made a comeback in the 70s Robert Mitchum would play Marlowe to nice effect. Private-eye stories is something Hollywood has thrown away but they have always been a needed part of the Hollywood scene.
- Nancy Pine
This is such a great film. All the actors are so good in their roles. Who knew Dick Powell could do 'hard-boiled' so well? And the dialog, "face like a bucket of mud" --beautiful
Anne Shirley is stunning!
I've viewed this film many times and, although Powell has the Chandler banter down pat, he just never looks like a cheap private detective. I much prefer Bogart or George Montgomery (not Robert! who also played Marlowe). I've never seen a film when Ann Shirley wasn't just beautiful in it. Many have forgotten that she received her only Oscar nomination when she portrayed "Lollie," Barbara Stanwyck's daughter in "Stella Dallas." In the last scene when she is being married while her Mother watches from outside in the rain, she is just beautiful. Even though "Murder My Sweet" was Ann Shirley's last film, her beauty didn't change as she aged and neither did her great acting. Film noir is my favorite genre but this film doesn't make the cut for me.
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.