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The Brasher Doubloon (1947)

The Brasher Doubloon (1947)

The Brasher Doubloon





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Raymond Chandler's famed detective Philip Marlowe (George Montgomery) is hired by a rich, eccentric widow, Mrs. Murdock (Florence Bates) to find and return a stolen gold coin. Marlowe quickly finds himself involved an a case which includes robbery, blackmail and murder. Just as Marlowe begins to solve the mystery, he is savagely beaten by Vannier (Fritz Kortner). Marlowe finally puts all the pieces of the puzzle together when he discovers a blackmail scheme involving Murdock's mentally-ill secretary, Merle Davis (Nancy Guild) which leads him to suspect his employer. The Brasher Doubloon, adapted from Chandler's novel, The High Window, and beautifully photographed by Lloyd Ahern captures a proper film noir sensibility with its moody, low-key images and dense, dark background shots, while failing to capture the complexity of the novel. Director John Brahm, who also directed the excellent films The Lodger and Hangover Square, is disappointing, failing to create the depth of characterization and plot which he showed in these films. The Brasher Doubloon remains bland, with undistinguished acting by the entire cast. The only exception is Fritz Kortner, a veteran character actor molded in the expressionist cinema of pre-war Berlin, who creates the grotesque character of Vannier, bringing a sense of evil vitality to an otherwise bland production.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Dorothy Hannah, Leonard Praskins, Dorothy Bennett
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George Montgomery
as Philip Marlowe
Nancy Guild
as Merle Davis
Conrad Janis
as Leslie Murdock
Roy Roberts
as Police Lt. Breeze
Florence Bates
as Mrs. Murdock
Bob Adler
as Sgt. Spangler
Robert Adler
as Sgt. Spangler
Jack Conrad
as George Anson
Alfred Linder
as Eddie Prue
Jack Overman
as Manager
Ray Spiker
as Figaro
Paul Maxey
as Coroner
Reed Hadley
as Dr. Moss
Edward Gargan
as Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Brasher Doubloon

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 3, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

... something of a B+ movie, a low-budget treatment of Raymond Chandler's "The High Window" made with ambition and style, at least in key scenes.

Full Review… | March 24, 2013

Entertaining on its own merits as a B-grade thriller, but certainly not the best film version of a Raymond Chandler novel.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Film Threat

It's just smart enough of a film noir to be considered a classic.

Full Review… | April 2, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Brasher Doubloon


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.

Megan Skylar

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