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Lady in the Lake
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Director:
Writers:
Steve Fisher (screenplay)
Raymond Chandler (novel)
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Release Date:
14 April 1947 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
DIFFERENT...DRAMATIC...DARING! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
There are Marlowes Then there is Marlowe See more (81 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Montgomery ... Phillip Marlowe
Audrey Totter ... Adrienne Fromsett

Lloyd Nolan ... Lt. DeGarmot
Tom Tully ... Capt. Kane

Leon Ames ... Derace Kingsby

Jayne Meadows ... Mildred Havelend
Dick Simmons ... Chris Lavery
Morris Ankrum ... Eugene Grayson
Lila Leeds ... Receptionist
William Roberts ... Artist
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Grayson
Ellay Mort ... Chrystal Kingsby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ... Ed, the Coroner (uncredited)
Charles Bradstreet ... Party Guest (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Property Clerk (uncredited)
Roger Cole ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Davis ... Policeman (uncredited)
John Webb Dillon ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Policeman (uncredited)
John Gallaudet ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Cy Kendall ... Jailer (uncredited)
Ann Lawrence ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sandra Morgan ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Thomas Murray ... Policeman (uncredited)
William Newell ... Drunk (uncredited)
James Nolan ... Party Guest (uncredited)
William O'Leary ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Frank Orth ... Floyd Greer (uncredited)
William McKeever Riley ... Buster, Young Party Guest (uncredited)

Ellen Ross ... Elevator Girl (uncredited)
Nina Ross ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Charlie, Party Guest (uncredited)
Fred Sherman ... Reporter (uncredited)
Florence Stephens ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Travell ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Kay Wiley ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Detective (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Montgomery 
 
Writing credits
Steve Fisher (screenplay)

Raymond Chandler (novel)

Produced by
George Haight .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Snell 
Maurice Goldman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel (director of photography) (as Paul C. Vogel)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Ruggiero 
 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair designer: Miss Totter
 
Production Management
Robert E. Barnes .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Thomas Theuerkauf .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
J. Harper .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice Goldman .... choral director
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Spencer .... stand-in: Robert Montgomery (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:AL (2005) (DVD) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #11803)

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Trivia:
Robert Montgomery's last MGM film. He had been under contract with the studio since 1929.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the office party scene, the group sings "Jingle Bells" but the key shifts suddenly in the middle of the song, probably due to two takes being joined together.See more »
Quotes:
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 pick up the telephone and call me instead of all this Mickey Mouse about a story?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Best of Film Noir (1999) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Angels We Have Heard On HighSee more »

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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
There are Marlowes Then there is Marlowe, 18 June 2005
Author: Melvin M. Carter from United States

The POV of Lady the In The Lake experiment hides the fact that Robert Montgomery wasn't up to the task of being Philip Marlowe. Oh he had the tough talk down pat, but as someone said earlier he was better in Ride The Pink Horse. In this movie he doesn't feel like Marlowe, a Marlowe who can take and give a hard punch. The first confrontation he takes a punch that results in a black eye but it leaves him unconscious! Dick Powell- the surprise Philip Marlowe of all time-and Humphery Bogart-one of the best Marlowes of all time-would've required a shot from Moose Malloy or a sap to the head by some strong arm thugs to go down from one blow like that. Perhaps it was her reaction to a camera instead of an actor that made Audrey Totter seem chilled in their "scenes" together rather than Claire Trevor's cold hearted user and Lauren Bacall's cool cynic in the earlier Marlowe incantations. And MGM was never at that time at least a studio known for hardboiled,gritty crime dramas. The Christmas carols though were a nice touch and Lloyd Nolan who should have played the lead was good as usual in his role as the crooked cop. Nolan had played a PI in some Michael Shayne Bs before the noir cycle began so he knew the mannerisms and Philip Marlowe a tarnished knight with principles would've been a perfect fit. All in all Lady In The Lake is noteworthy for it's groundbreaking experiment, the appeasement of a fading leading man's ego (not the last time either)and some vision into the world of Chandler's alter ego. George Montgomery as Philip Marlowe? Blasphemy! James Garner- a 60s laidback version suitable but also a precursor to Jim Rockford who had his Chandler moments. Roert Mitchum was Philip Marlowe both in looks and world weariness a perfect match only Bogart equals him. Mr. Montgomery would ride a pink carousel horse to better success.

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