Lady in the Lake Reviews
Director Robert Montgomery plays private dick Philip Marlowe mostly from behind the camera, making an interesting choice to film from Marlowe's perspective. His goal being to save money and to create something original. Whether he stumbled upon originality because of budgetary limitations is up for debate.
Its charm is aided by some acting that is at once awful but also perfect for its purpose.
A great piece of movie history.
A private investigator, Phillip Marlowe (yes, THE Phillip Marlowe, of Raymond Chandler fame), is hired by the female editor of a magazine to find the missing wife of the owner of the magazine. His subsequent investigations unearth some intriguing findings, and make him some unlikely enemies... The whole movie is seen from the perspective of Phillip Marlowe.
Quite novel, due to the First Person Point-of-View aspect throughout. It feels gimmicky from time-to-time but generally does not weaken the movie or become tedious. At times it is great for heightening the tension, as you feel as if you are in Marlowe's shoes.
Intriguing, tense story with some good twists along the way.
Robert Montgomery is miscast as Marlowe. His lines feel forced and he doesn't have the look of a wisecracking private investigator. Was Humphrey Bogart not available? He gives a great Marlowe, wise-cracking and cool without sounding misogynistic or overly macho.
The fact that Montgomery is also the director might have something to do with him being in the lead role...
Supporting cast are okay. Audrey Trotter puts in a good performance as Adrienne Fromsett. Pick of the bunch is Lloyd Nolan as Lt. DeGarmot.