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Director:
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 Screen's Best Marlowe See more (100 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)

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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Nat Pendleton is in studio records/casting call lists as a cast member, but did not appear in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Lindsay Marriott's driver's license was issued 7/10/1942. According to the license, Marriott was born 5/5/1912. This would make him 30 at the time the license was issued, not 32 as is stated on the license.See more »
Quotes:
Philip Marlowe:What were you saying?
Dr. Sonderborg:I made no remark.
Philip Marlowe:Remarks want you to make them. They got their tongues hanging out waiting to be said.
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76 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
The Screen's Best Marlowe, 22 July 2004
Author: Arriflex1 from Beyond The Cosmos

"I caught the blackjack right behind my ear. A black pool opened up at my feet. I dived in; it had no bottom."- Phillip Marlowe in MURDER, MY SWEET.

There are plenty of bottomless pools in MURDER, MY SWEET, Edward Dmytryk's outstanding noir. Tapping into a direct line to the dark places of the human psyche, the film raises the curtain on one shadowy scene after another. It leads the viewer on a convoluted trip through a very gloomy and treacherous labyrinth where oily con men, pesky cops, scheming ladies, and at least one gargantuan lovesick Romeo put the down-at-heels private investigator through the wringer.

Moose Malloy's vanished girlfriend (and a tidy retainer) occupies Marlowe at first. Then, when an expensive jade necklace needs retrieving (with another fat fee offered), Marlowe bites again. But suddenly those too deep pools begin to appear.

John Paxton's screenplay has the cast of characters thinking out loud a lot, which helps occasionally. But just as in Raymond Chandler's other overly schematic crime story, THE BIG SLEEP, strict attention must be paid. Yet even if you become confused, you can still revel in Harry J. Wilde's sterling cinematography. (As mentioned in another review, Wilde, along with a slew of other people, including Orson Welles, shot additional scenes for THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS for which he and the others received no credit. As Welles himself intones rather solemnly at that film's conclusion: "Stanley Cortez was the photographer").

The really big draw in MURDER is Dick Powell, not just delivering a career-changing performance (and being the first actor to play Marlowe) but also giving the best interpretation of Marlowe on film- and that includes Bogart's fine outing in Hawks' THE BIG SLEEP(1946), Robert Mitchum's two disappointing films, and Elliot Gould's daring 1973 performance in Altman's THE LONG GOODBYE. Powell projects the detective's weary cynicism and dogged determination without any hint of showy mannerism or overplayed toughness. His presence is completely natural and convincing, far from any Hollywood ham acting.

In addition, MURDER, MY SWEET presents the polished villainy of Otto Kruger, slithering around Powell with his characteristic reptilian menace; Anne Shirley as a spunky good girl who brightens the gloom somewhat; and, on the femme fatale side, the high voltage glare of Claire Trevor, laminated in heavy make-up like a pricey, megawatt doxy. Literally towering over everything is Mike Mazurki's Moose (far more effective than Jack O'Halloran's catatonic trance in Mitchum's FAREWELL, MY LOVELY). Mazurki's silent entrance into Marlowe's office at the beginning sets the uneasy mood where huge, powerful forces stir and then emerge from the darkness.

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