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The Brasher Doubloon (1947)

The Brasher Doubloon (1947)





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This little-known film noir is based on a Raymond Chandler tale and features the original tough-as-nails gumshoe, Philip Marlowe who begins working for an odd, but extremely rich widow. She asks him to search for a rare coin. Marlowe's investigation leads him into a deadly web of extortion involving thugs, suspicious characters, and the woman's psycho secretary, who remains loyal to protect a damning secret.


George Montgomery
as Philip Marlowe
Nancy Guild
as Merle Davis
Conrad Janis
as Leslie Murdock
Roy Roberts
as Police Lt. Breeze
Florence Bates
as Mrs. Murdock
Robert Adler
as Sgt. Spangler
Bob Adler
as Sgt. Spangler
Jack Conrad
as George Anson
Alfred Linder
as Eddie Prue
Jack Overman
as Manager
Ray Spiker
as Figaro
Paul Maxey
as Coroner
Reed Hadley
as Dr. Moss
Edward Gargan
as Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Brasher Doubloon

All Critics (3)

... something of a B+ movie, a low-budget treatment of Raymond Chandler's "The High Window" made with ambition and style, at least in key scenes.

Full Review… | March 24, 2013

Entertaining on its own merits as a B-grade thriller, but certainly not the best film version of a Raymond Chandler novel.

July 28, 2006
Film Threat

It's just smart enough of a film noir to be considered a classic.

Full Review… | April 2, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Brasher Doubloon


I loved the Brasher Doubloon which aired at a Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs and Conrad Janis was a gorgeous but cynical Teen whose dark presence fitted perfectly in this thrilling Noir Raymond Chandler Film. Hated the review above as it didn't do the film justice. It was twisted, romantic and full of mystery, and I just saw Janis' latest film BAD BLOOD...THE HUNGER at another Festival which he won for best film, best actor, and best director, so his earlier promise in film (he was only 17 in Brasher. He's as hot as ever.

Megan Skylar
Megan Skylar

(Theatre) (First Viewing, 1st Brahm film) It's a B-film through and through, but it makes up in the entertainment department what it lacks in technical achievement. Based on the Raymond Chandler novel [i]The High Window[/i] (which I quite like), [b]Brasher Doubloon[/b] gives George Montgomery a shot at stepping into the shoes of Philip Marlowe, and though he's no Humphrey Bogart, I actually quite liked him after a while. He's a more polished and urbane version of Marlowe, but it works. [b]The Brasher Doubloon[/b] plays like a poor-man's [b]Big Sleep[/b], as it is the Chandler dialogue that gives the proceedings a touch of class. I suppose Nancy Guild is rather appealing in her own odd way as the love interest involved in the mystery, and Florence Bates is a hoot as the eccentric mountain of a woman who employs Marlowe (think Sydney Greenstreet in a dress). Nothing really spectacular here, just a competant and often entertaining B-film that as a huge fan of Raymond Chandler, I'm glad I was able to see.

Jesse Last
Jesse Last

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