Philip Marlowe gets involved when limp-wristed and snidely Leslie Murdock steals a rare doubloon from his mother to give to a newsreel photographer in exchange for film that is being used ... See full summary »
Philip Marlowe gets involved when limp-wristed and snidely Leslie Murdock steals a rare doubloon from his mother to give to a newsreel photographer in exchange for film that is being used for blackmail purposes. Marlowe's involvement has him encounter a girl who goes into hysterics when touched by a man; a husband-killing woman; three corpses; a couple of scuffles in which he gets his clock cleaned; a secretary who thinks she has killed her boss, which is the reason Raymond Chandler called his story "The High Window", and a son (who qualifies as a S.O.B. by two definitions) who blackmails his widowed mother. So, what's not to like. Written by
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The flop house location for this film was the Gladden Apartments in the Bunker Hill section of Los Angeles. Raymond Chandler, who wrote the novel on which this is based, lived in the building 30 years before the film was shot. See more »
I really can't comment on this title because I've never seen it. No station (including TCM) ever shows it, and it's not available on DVD or VHS. What bothers me the most is that Fox Studios still has the rights, and, with their Fox Film Noir series, one would think that it would be made available. So, what's up, Fox? What are you waiting for? I've been disappointed with the manner in which Fox has handled this series: they've had extremely long gaps between releases, they have actually yanked titles the day of release (this happened with the DVD of "Boomerang"), and they do not update the website with new or future releases. "Brasher Doubloon" and "Cry of the City" should have been included already.
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