Murder, My Sweet

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Murder, My Sweet is a nearly perfect film. Long considered one of the quintessential film noir, this tough, sardonic, and unusually witty film features hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) hired by ex-con Moose Malloy (Mike Mazurki) to find his missing girlfriend Velma. Shortly thereafter, Marlowe is hired by socialite Mrs. Grayle (Claire Trevor) to find a valuable jade necklace that has been stolen from her. Marlowe finds the necklace and also finds blackmail, double crosses, corruption, and murder on both sides of the tracks. This film made almost washed up song-and-dance man, Dick Powell a star, and his portrayal of Marlowe is at least the equal of Humphrey Bogart's role in The Big Sleep. Director Edward Dmytryk creates a truly bleak and disorienting netherworld populated by a variety of sordid characters, including Mike Mazurki at his best. Claire Trevor is superlative in a difficult role and gives an unequaled performance as the most evil of femme fatales.

Cast

Dick Powell
as Philip Marlowe
Anne Shirley
as Ann Grayle
Claire Trevor
as Mrs. Grayle
Mike Mazurki
as Moose Malloy
Miles Mander
as Mr. Grayle
Don Douglas
as Lt. Randall
Ralf Harolde
as Dr. Sonderborg
Esther Howard
as Mrs. Florian
John Indrisano
as Chauffeur
Jack Carr
as Short Guy
Shimen Ruskin
as Elevator Operator
Sam Finn
as Headwaiter
Donald Kerr
as Taxi Driver
Paul Phillips
as Det. Nulty
Ralph Dunn
as Detective
Ernie S. Adams
as Bartender
George Anderson
as Detective
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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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