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The plot is difficult to follow but Powell is terrific as Phillip Marlowe. It's really all about his performance as a knee-jerk tough guy that is a lot luckier than he should be.
Murder, My Sweet is a decent film. It is about Phillip Marlowe who is hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend. Dick Powell and Claire Trevor give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Edward Dmytryk did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and mystery.
The best thrilling movie ever made!
Acceptable but none too memorable adaptation of Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely. It's hard to adapt Chandler to Hollywood standards (romance, happy endings, etc) but this movie does well on look, feel, and adhering to the text when it's not shoehorning the plot to fit above Hollywood norms, which means it's ultimately a bit corny and dated. It's also hampered by a dreadfully miscast Miles Mander (in unconvincing old man makeup) as the frail but passionate cuckold who stinks up every scene he's in. This is the kind of movie I'd be grateful for having the option of watching on a long flight but probably isn't worth seeking out in its own right. For Chandler adaptations you still can't beat Altman's unconventional The Long Goodbye. Or try The Man Who Wasn't There, which is not based on Chandler but captures his spirit better than any other movie I can think of.
The plot is interesting and suspenseful, holding your attention all the way through and keeping you guessing as to what's going on and who's on whose side. Granted, it's a little convoluted and certainly requires its audience to follow closely, but it mostly comes together in the end, although perhaps not quite as easily or as neatly as you'd hope. All in all, it's pretty darn entertaining, with some tasty dialogue and an engaging lead in Powell's portrayal of Marlowe, as well as great camerawork and lighting; hell, it even treats us to some unusual SFX for its day.
A fascinating film noir. 1001 movies to see before you die.
Forget the plot, it'll melt your brain. Just revel in the glorious photography, production design and performances - especially Dick Powell as laconic Philip Marlowe, enmeshed like the viewer in double-cross after double-cross: all centering on a missing woman named Velma and a jade necklace. The ultimate film noir.
A web of blackmail falls over a very confused private dick in this suspense mystery. Powell is the much-abused PI and Trevor supplies a saucy femme fatale. They're supported by a strong cast highlighted by Kruger as the blackmailing self-confessed "quack" mystic and Mazurki as a very shortfused parolee who instigates Powell's investigation and unwittingly unleashes a diabolical chain of events leading inevitably to a handful of murders -- and finally that of his beloved. The look of amazed fury on his face when Marlowe hits him is alone worth the price of admission. Good dark dialogue, compelling photography (with surreal dream sequences and all), good direction of actors. A superior example of its breed.
Genre-defining film noir
Dick Powell may not be the most discussed Philip Marlowe on screen, but he got the role spot on in this one, while even managing to get cute.