The Brasher Doubloon (The High Window) Reviews
November 9, 2009
I loved the Brasher Doubloon which aired at a Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs and Conrad Janis was a gorgeous but cynical Teen whose dark presence fitted perfectly in this thrilling Noir Raymond Chandler Film. Hated the review above as it didn't do the film justice. It was twisted, romantic and full of mystery, and I just saw Janis' latest film BAD BLOOD...THE HUNGER at another Festival which he won for best film, best actor, and best director, so his earlier promise in film (he was only 17 in Brasher. He's as hot as ever.
March 5, 2004
(Theatre) (First Viewing, 1st Brahm film)
It's a B-film through and through, but it makes up in the entertainment department what it lacks in technical achievement.
Based on the Raymond Chandler novel [i]The High Window[/i] (which I quite like), [b]Brasher Doubloon[/b] gives George Montgomery a shot at stepping into the shoes of Philip Marlowe, and though he's no Humphrey Bogart, I actually quite liked him after a while. He's a more polished and urbane version of Marlowe, but it works.
[b]The Brasher Doubloon[/b] plays like a poor-man's [b]Big Sleep[/b], as it is the Chandler dialogue that gives the proceedings a touch of class. I suppose Nancy Guild is rather appealing in her own odd way as the love interest involved in the mystery, and Florence Bates is a hoot as the eccentric mountain of a woman who employs Marlowe (think Sydney Greenstreet in a dress).
Nothing really spectacular here, just a competant and often entertaining B-film that as a huge fan of Raymond Chandler, I'm glad I was able to see.