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John Paxton (screenplay)
Raymond Chandler (novel)
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Release Date:
9 December 1944 (USA) See more »
An Original Philip Marlowe Mystery See more »
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 »
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The film certainly marked an astonishing transformation in its star... See more (102 total) »


  (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)

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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
95 min | Germany:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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)

Did You Know?

For the scene in which Marlowe is drugged, Edward Dmytryk showed Dick Powell falling through a sea of faces. In this he borrowed a trick from -Saboteur (1942) by having the camera pull back from the actor to make it seem he was falling. He had the camera accelerate as it pulled back, as well, to intensify the horror.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Marriott is in Marlowe's office, the word "Marlowe" from the window is projected across his chest. However, the window blind is drawn down to cover that part of the lettering in the window.See more »
Philip Marlowe:Either book me, or let me go home and go to bed.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Lady in Cement (1968)See more »


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39 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
The film certainly marked an astonishing transformation in its star..., 23 April 2005

There were many attempts to recreate on the screen Raymond Chandler's immortal character, Philip Marlowe, and probably the first serious effort was in 1944, with Edward Dmytryk directing… The film was called "Farewell My Lovely" in Britain and "Murder, My Sweet" in the United States…

The plot, as always with this genre, mattered far less than the characters and the action: it was sparked when Marlowe was hired to find an ex-convict's girl friend… This Marlowe was played by Dick Powell… He made a daring, successful effort to drop his all-singing, all-dancing image, and he was tough enough; but he was a little too charming, a shade too superficial, to suggest the depths and the strengths of the real Marlowe…

Humphrey Bogart was the man to do this above all others… And he did it superb1y in Howard Hawks' "The Big Sleep" in 1946…

"Murder My Sweet" is a complex thriller which seemed at the time to demonstrate all manner of strikingly new techniques in a film noir mood, and certainly marked an astonishing transformation in its star... Thirty years later, the second half has a jaded look...

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