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Writers:
John Paxton (screenplay)
Raymond Chandler (novel)
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Release Date:
9 December 1944 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
An Original Philip Marlowe Mystery See more »
Plot:
After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
The Definitive Chandler See more (99 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dick Powell ... Philip Marlowe

Claire Trevor ... Mrs.Helen Grayle aka Velma Valento

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 (as Don Douglas)
Ralf Harolde ... Dr. Sonderborg
Esther Howard ... Jessie Florian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Bartender at 'Florian's' (uncredited)
Bernice Ahi ... Dancer at the 'Cocoanut Beach Club' (uncredited)
George Anderson ... Detective (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Dr. Sonderborg's Assistant (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Detective (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Bill Hamilton ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Paul Hilton ... Boy Getting Laundry (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Anthor's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Daun Kennedy ... Girl in Bar (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Paul Phillips ... Detective Nulty (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... New Boss at 'Florian's' (uncredited)
Shimen Ruskin ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Larry Wheat ... Grayle's Butler (uncredited)
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Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
 
Writing credits
John Paxton (screenplay)

Raymond Chandler (novel)

Produced by
Sid Rogell .... executive producer
Adrian Scott .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joseph Noriega 
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Michael Ohrenbach (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Dorfman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Bailey Fesler .... recordist
James G. Stewart .... rerecordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Landon Arnett .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Douglas Travers .... montage
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
Other crew
Leslie Urbach .... dialogue director
Jimmy Evans .... stand-in (uncredited)
Hugh Lucky .... stand-in (uncredited)
Les Raymaster .... stand-in (uncredited)
Wanda Rickerts .... stand-in (uncredited)
Leslie Saville .... stand-in (uncredited)
Carol Sawyer .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jordan Shelley .... stand-in (uncredited)
Tim Wallace .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
95 min | Germany:90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | Finland:K-16 (until 2001) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1950) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1996) | UK:PG (video rating: Murder My Sweet) (1986) (2007) | USA:Approved (PCA #10158) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Lindsay Marriott's car (driven to the jewelry rendezvous by Marlowe) is an Isotta Franchini 8A Spinto variant. This expensive Italian make was typically sold as a chassis with the owner selecting a custom body by a selected coach builder. The car used here is highly unusual (a 4-place convertible, split windshield, the original right hand drive was retained and features parade doors). Although the year is unknown it is likely a 1932. It featured a straight 8-cylinder engine and 4-wheel brakes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Powell leaves the car to look for the person for the payoff, he draws his gun from his left pocket, then replaces it in his left pocket. After he is sapped and woken up, he draws it from his right pocket.See more »
Quotes:
Philip Marlowe:She was a charming middle-aged lady with a face like a bucket of mud. I gave her a drink. She was a gal who'd take a drink, if she had to knock you down to get the bottle.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008)See more »

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63 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
The Definitive Chandler, 10 May 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

This 1944 adaptation of Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely, had its title changed so that audiences wouldn't mistake it for a musical! One might think that this would mean that the movie was off to a bad start, especially since the chief reason for the title change was that the actor who was cast in the hard-boiled lead, Dick Powell, was best known as a singer. As things turned out, the film was a huge hit and Powell changed his screen image forever, from crooner to tough guy, and enjoyed an upturn in his career as a result. Producer Adrian Scott, director Edward Dmytryk and screenwriter John Paxton also saw their fortunes rise, but in their case the success was short-lived, as they all suffered during the Hollywood blacklist. As to the movie itself, it has become for many the definitive film noir. Produced on a tight budget on the RKO lot, it was made at the right place, the right time, at the right studio, and with the right people.

This is a movie for night owls, maybe the ultimate night owl movie, since there's scarcely any daylight in it, and when there is, the action moves sensibly indoors almost immediately, as if to avoid the glare of the sun. Night-time L.A. has never looked more seductive than here, with every bar, office, nightclub and bungalow seemingly shrouded in mystery, as if harboring secrets it's loath to reveal. Harry Wild's photography is brilliant, and while he and director Dmytryk often go for flashy, arty effects, they're always appropriate, and seem at all times the way detective Philip Marlow, who narrates the story, would want it to be told, as he's a rather glib fellow with an offbeat sense of humor. The dialogue, much of it lifted from Chandler's novel, is excellent and at times quite funny, though some of the author's best lines (such as his description of Moose Malloy as at at one point being "about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food") are absent.

The plot, concerning the attempt of the aforementioned, hulking giant, Moose Malloy, to find his old girl-friend, having just served a stretch in prison, is convoluted and hard to follow. But the tale matters less than the telling, and the way it's told is what makes the movie so effective. Chandler was not a great one for plots, as one reads his books primarily for the writing, not the stories, and Dmytryk and his associates wisely follow this aesthetic, emphasizing odd bits of business, visual and verbal, often taking the movie in strange directions, making what one normally thinks of secondary aspects of a film the main event. There's a confidence in this approach, every step of the way, as the men behind the cameras knew just what they were doing. My only serious complaint has to do with the way the character of quack psychologist Jules Amthor is written ("I'm a quack"), which ought to have been more subtle, especially with such a sterling actor as Otto Kruger playing the role.

Murder, My Sweet is not without its flaws, but it wholly succeeds where it counts: making nocturnal L.A. and its inhabitants both larger than life and dream-like. The confrontation at the beach-house near the end has a dream logic to it, with Malloy, whom we had almost forgotten about, turning up, rounding out the story with a kind of poetic justice, or rather injustice, that is devastatingly effective. Dick Powell is as far as I'm concerned the best Marlow of all, as he nicely turns his musical comedy slickness into a smart-alecky private eye. That Powell is always "on", in a way that, say, the more sincere Bogart or Ladd wouldn't be, works in the movie's favor, and while I wouldn't say that he sings his lines exactly he delivers them with a singer's precision and sense of timing. Claire Trevor's femme fatale is as good as anything Stanwyck ever did. I like the affected, upper class accent she uses, especially early on. Anne Shirley is okay as her stepdaughter. Mike Mazurki's Moose, who sets the story in motion, is a forbidding figure, turning up when one least expects him, his presence can be felt even when when he isn't there, as he spurs Marlow, and the film, on, like an ugly god.

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