Lady in the Lake (1947)




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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
Cy Kendall
as Jaibi
Ralph Dunn
as Sergeant
Wheaton Chambers
as Property Clerk
Frank Orth
as Greer
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
John Webb Dillon
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
Fred E. Sherman
as Reporter
Jim Nolan
as Christmas Party Guest
Sherry Hall
as Christmas Party Guest
Ann Lawrence
as Christmas Party Guest
Roger Cole
as Christmas Party Guest
James Nolan
as Party Guest
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | August 7, 2006
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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completely misinterprets the joys of film noir

Full Review… | June 28, 2009

The trailer for the movie exclaims, 'Mysteriously starring Robert Montgomery and you!' Uh-huh. Still, it is a unique enough idea that you might want to give it a try.

Full Review… | July 15, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Lady in the Lake


Though the fist person point of view may be an annoying gimmick that slows down the plot, it's an interesting excercise with some sequences full of oppresive atmosphere and suspense, for instance when Marlowe discovers the body; also the car chase and the ending.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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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 Salmons
Tim Salmons

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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 nixon
jay nixon

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