Murder, My Sweet

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Gumshoe Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) is hired by the oafish Moose Malloy (Mike Mazurki) to track down his former girlfriend. He's also hired to accompany an effeminate playboy buy back some jewels. When the exchange results in the playboy's murder, Marlowe can't leave the case alone, and soon discovers it's related to Malloy's. As he gets drawn deeper into a complex web of intrigue by a mysterious blonde (Claire Trevor), the detective finds his own life in increasing jeopardy.

Cast & Crew

Dick Powell
Philip Marlowe
Claire Trevor
Helen Grayle
Anne Shirley
Ann Grayle
Otto Kruger
Jules Amthor
Mike Mazurki
Moose Malloy
Miles Mander
Mr. Grayle
Douglas Walton
Lindsay Marriott
Donald Douglas
Police Lieutenant Randall
Ralf Harolde
Dr. Sonderborg
Esther Howard
Jessie Florian
Sid Rogell
Executive Producer
Roy Webb
Original Music
Harry J. Wild
Cinematographer
Joseph Noriega
Film Editor
Carroll Clark
Art Direction
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Critic Reviews for Murder, My Sweet

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Audience Reviews for Murder, My Sweet

  • Jan 08, 2012
    A hard-nosed private detective named Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) gets hired for a pair of seemingly disparate simple jobs only to find himself in the middle of murder and intrigue. One case involve finding the missing girlfriend of a big, giant gorilla named Moose (Mike Mazurki), who's been away in the joint only to come back and find her gone without a trace. Marlowe doubts the veracity of this relationship but tracks down the girl's former boss anyway (well, former boss' wife). The second job comes from a guy named Mariott (Douglas Walton) and involves accompanying him to a drop-off location with some money, in order to pick up a jade necklace that had been stolen from Mariott's lady friend. But who stole the necklace? For that matter, who owns it? Marlowe gets it from all sides, including a quack psychiatrist who administers hypodermic needles full of who-knows-what. Dick Powell may have been a strange choice for Philip Marlowe: most of his films up until that point had been song-and-dance numbers, and he was known more for romantic comedies than tough and grizzled detectives. Perhaps that's why his performance has an air of comedy behind the tough guy persona. Whatever the case, it's the John Paxton script and Edard Dmytryk direction that wring the pulp from the original Raymond Chandler novel. The plot is thick and complex, and I'm not even really sure if all the loose ends get wrapped up in the end, but I don't think that's the point. It's the strange case, the journey, the style that all add up to something dynamic and amazing.
    Devon B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Who wouldn't want to see a film noir called Murder, My Sweet? That just sounds so cool. It really is a good movie, a bit confusing at first, but good in the end. If you like film noir, you'll like this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2010
    Bad acting,I Didnt get the movie & after awhile I gave up
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2009
    One of the things I love most about classic noir films is the narrative. There's nothing quite like a private detective giving you the lay of the land as he stares down the barrel of a gun while taking what might be his last drag on his last cigarette. Murder, My Sweet is wrought with great lines that were destined to become cliché in the legend of the genre. "'Okay Marlowe,' I said to myself. 'You're a tough guy. You've been sapped twice, choked, beaten silly with a gun, shot in the arm until you're crazy as a couple of waltzing mice. Now let's see you do something really tough - like putting your pants on.'" They just don't write lines like that anymore. But that's okay. As I was watching this film I realized that it had caught me right between the ears. A black pool opened up at my feet and I dived in. It had no bottom. I felt pretty good. like an amputated leg...
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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