Farewell, My Lovely

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Ex-con Moose (Jack O'Halloran) hires private eye Phillip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) to find his long-lost girlfriend, Velma, a lounge singer. The lounge owner's wife says she's dead, but Marlowe remains skeptical. Meanwhile, Marlowe also goes on a routine ransom exchange for a necklace and gets knocked out and framed for murder. He eventually finds the necklace's owner, blonde bombshell Helen Grayle (Charlotte Rampling) but, more importantly, evidence that the two cases are connected.

Cast & Crew

Robert Mitchum
Philip Marlowe
Sylvia Miles
Jessie Halstead Florian
John Ireland
Det. Lt. Nulty
Jack O'Halloran
Moose Malloy
Anthony Zerbe
Laird Brunette
Harry Dean Stanton
Det. Billy Rolfe
Jim Thompson
Judge Baxter Wilson Grayle
John O'Leary
Lindsay Marriott
Kate Murtagh
Frances Amthor
Raymond Chandler
Writer (Novel)
David Zelag Goodman
Writer (Screenplay)
Jerry Bick
Executive Producer
George Pappas
Executive Producer
John A. Alonzo
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Critic Reviews for Farewell, My Lovely

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  • Watching this movie has approximately the same effect as being locked overnight in a secondhand clothing store in Pasadena. There is an awful lot of dust and, after a while, the dummies look as if they are moving.

    May 6, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Despite an impressive production and some firstrate performances, this third version fails to generate much suspense or excitement.

    October 27, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The film's triumph is Mitchum's definitive Marlowe, which captures perfectly the character's down-at-heel integrity and erratic emotional involvement with his cases.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • It's as if someone had put pillow springs, power-steering and a tape deck into a classic racing-car. It is still handsome and it still goes, but it is a handsome mediocrity.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Farewell, My Lovely is a great entertainment and a celebration of Robert Mitchum's absolute originality.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, this film is without direction and flounders in a morass of poorly conceived posturing.

    November 26, 2019 | Full Review…

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