Lady in the Lake

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Robert Montgomery is the director and star of the film noir mystery Lady in the Lake, adapted for the screen by source novelist Raymond Chandler. Montgomery plays detective Philip Marlowe, a private eye who just wants to publish his own crime stories. Kingsby Publications editor Adrienne Fromsett (Audrey Totter) meets with Marlowe, but offers him a job as a detective instead of a writer. She wants him to find the missing wife of her boss, Mr. Kingsby (Leon Ames). (Adrienne wants them to proceed with their divorce so she can marry Kingsby herself.) Marlowe accepts the job and goes looking for clues at the home of the wife's sometime lover, Chris Lavery (Dick Simmons). When Marlowe gets knocked out and picked up for drunk driving, he decides to drop the case. He is drawn back in, however, when Adrienne suggests that Kingsby's wife is responsible for the murder of a mysterious lady in the lake. Lloyd Nolan and Tom Tully play two police detectives also on the case. Lady in the Lake is remembered as being filmed with a subjective camera -- almost entirely from Marlowe's point of view -- and subsequently hyped by an MGM ad campaign. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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Robert Montgomery
as Philip Marlowe
Audrey Totter
as Adrienne Fromsett
Lloyd Nolan
as Lt. DeGarmot
Tom Tully
as Capt. Kane
Leon Ames
as Derace Kingsby
Jayne Meadows
as Mildred Havelend
Morris Ankrum
as Eugene Grayson
Lila Leeds
as Receptionist
Richard Simmons
as Chris Lavery
Ellen Ross
as Elevator Girl
Kathleen Lockhart
as Mrs. Grayson
Ellay Mort
as Chrystal Kingsby
Ralph Dunn
as Sergeant
Wheaton Chambers
as Property Clerk
Dick Simmons
as Chris Lavery
Jack Davis
as Policeman
John Gallaudet
as Policeman
Thomas Murray
as Policeman
George Magrill
as Policeman
Budd Fine
as Policeman
Robert Spencer
as Marlowe's Double
Eddie Acuff
as Coroner
Nina Ross
as Christmas Party Guest
Charles Bradstreet
as Christmas Party Guest
George Travell
as Christmas Party Guest
William O'Leary
as Christmas Party Guest
Bert Moorhouse
as Christmas Party Guest
Florence Stephens
as Christmas Party Guest
Sandra Morgan
as Christmas Party Guest
Fred Santley
as Christmas Party Guest
Laura Treadwell
as Christmas Party Guest
Kay Wiley
as Christmas Party Guest
Frank Dae
as Christmas Party Guest
David Cavendish
as Christmas Party Guest
Jim Nolan
as Christmas Party Guest
Sherry Hall
as Christmas Party Guest
Ann Lawrence
as Christmas Party Guest
James Nolan
as Party Guest
Roger Cole
as Christmas Party Guest
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Audience Reviews for Lady in the Lake

  • Apr 02, 2010
    This has some great stuff in it, but it's too mediocre to give it really high marks. The POV stuff can be a bit on the boring and uninteresting side, which is why I think it failed a bit for me.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2009
    Tough little noir. The audience POV is a gimmick but not one that ruins the enjoyment of the film, actually what could have been dispensed with was when Montgomery shows up sporadically to provide info for the viewer which would have been better as a voice over. Totter is a great noir heroine, pretty but with a hardness to her features and attitudes that make her perfect for the genre.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2009
    "lady in the lake" is an amateurish noir by robert montgomery's gimmicky experiment of filmmaking with raymond chandler's novel by the same name. it utilizes the entire first-person perspective which is also applied in humprey bogart's "dark passage" which was also released around the same time in 1947. but montgomery's trial is thorough becuz montgomery's philip marlowe is basically just a narrator, a void awaiting to be filled by the audience. first of all, it takes a great deal of imagination as well as some enduring composure as a constant reader to visualize oneself in the position of philip marlowe as you're reading chandler's detective novels with his die-hard ace marlowe. as an enthusiastic reader of chandler's novels, i've found montgomery's primitive direction borders on my perception of the plots as i leaf one page after another. obviously, i cannot help but wonder whether montgomery's choice of such kind of directing is due to his limited craftmanship as a director since he cannot think any other way to present a movie? second of all, the process of film-viewing is a highly passive involvement with the original texts since the filmakers have filled in the pages with their own envisioning of the story. as a viewer, you're detached in a position to judge whether the fimmaker's presentation is marvellously creative or not with a smugly ignorant condescendence even you've not got in touch with the texts beforehand. but on the contrary, reading is an active experience or commitment to devote your absolute attention into the story, and you're more left alone with your own imaginations on the characters, backset and the stream of consciousness kind of soliloquy as the character's concede into the author's viewpoint at the moment you open the book or you wouldn't dedicate your time and efforts on consuming all the materials..when you're reading, you're fabricating a movie made on your own with your mind in absolute privacy.... so "lady in the lake" is merely a passable movie-piece since the director cannot offer you anything more than a whirling camera with some bizarre hand gestures. but somehow it simulates your inward state as you read the original books while imagining yourself as marlowe and see things in his angle...meanwhile it also lacks a sort of deepening refinement of characters' dimensions which the book usually renders by the case, it proves that audrey totter is indeed a good actress who could pull off an acting job by playing opposite to an abscent leading man, shedding tears to a lifeless machine without the helpful eye-contact in the love scenes.
    Veronique K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2009
    A film that's one big gimmick, but fun to sit through once, even if it does take you out of the film. Think Half-Life set in a Film-noir setting, yet it's mostly those parts where people talk to you and you have nothing to shoot.
    Patrick D Super Reviewer

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