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Lady in the Lake (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 24 January 1947 (USA)
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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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 <kyousten@bev.net>

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Another Sizzling Murder Mystery by RAYMOND CHANDLER! See more »


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24 January 1947 (USA)  »

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A Dama do Lago  »

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$1,026,000 (estimated)
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Director Robert Montgomery brought the finished movie in nineteen days ahead of schedule.. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Adrienne Fromsett: I wonder how it would be to discuss this over a couple of ice cubes. Would you care to try?
Philip Marlowe: [laughs] Imagine *you* needing ice cubes.
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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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Referenced in Trancers (1984) See more »

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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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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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