Lady in the Lake (1947)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery  |  14 April 1947 (Sweden)
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The lady editor of a crime magazine hires Philip Marlowe to find the wife of her boss. The private detective soon finds himself involved in murder.



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Complete credited cast:
Audrey Totter ...
Lt. DeGarmot
Tom Tully ...
Capt. Kane
Derace Kingsby
Mildred Havelend
Chris Lavery
Morris Ankrum ...
Eugene Grayson
William Roberts ...
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Grayson
Ellay Mort ...
Chrystal Kingsby


The camera shows Phillip Marlowe's view from the first-person in this adaptation of Raymond Chandler's book. The detective is hired to find a publisher's wife, who is supposed to have run off to Mexico. But the case soon becomes much more complicated as people are murdered. Written by Ken Yousten <>

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14 April 1947 (Sweden)  »

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A Dama do Lago  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The first-person camera technique used by Robert Montgomery is known as "subjective camera," and had not before been employed in this manner beyond the first few minutes of a film (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in 1931, by pioneering director Rouben Mamoulian.) See more »


Audrey Totter's character uses the word "deducted" rather than the correct "deduced." See more »


Philip Marlowe: You don't really want to buy my story, do you, Miss Fromsett?
Adrienne Fromsett: I was about to offer you $200 for it.
Philip Marlowe: Oh, no, you weren't. Why don't you quit being cute, Miss Fromsett? The real reason you had me up here is because you're looking for a smooth operator who keeps his mouth shut and when you read the story, you said, "Yeah, that's my boy. He's dumb, he's brave and he's cheap." Am I right?
Adrienne Fromsett: Well, I was about to offer you a commission on a rather delicate and confidential matter...
Philip Marlowe: Then why didn't you ...
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Opening credits are shown on what appear to be holiday cards, as someone flips through the collection. See more »


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Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
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experimental failure
17 December 2005 | by (Barbados) – See all my reviews

This movie could only interest a film historian. The camera shows the point of view of the lead character, Marlowe. This is a technical failure: deadened pans and zooms, no physical contact with other characters, no outdoor scenes.

With clever self-reference, writer Raymond Chandler has Marlowe try his hand at pulp detective fiction -- based on his own experience, of course. The publisher's executive assistant, A. Fromsett (overplayed by Audrey Totter), expresses interest in the manuscript, to draw Marlowe into looking for the publisher's missing wife. Soon we are up to our camera lens in blonde bombshells, drawling thugs, crooked cops, and dead bodies.

This could be an intriguing story. Unfortunately, Robert Montgomery, playing the lead (appearing in mirrors and editorial commentary), also directs. He has a tin ear for dialogue, a glass eye for scenery, and a peg leg for pacing.

Those looking for an entertaining Marlowe crime drama should try "Farewell my Lovely", "The Big Sleep", or "The Long Goodbye".

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