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Steve Fisher (screenplay)
Raymond Chandler (novel)
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Release Date:
14 April 1947 (Sweden) See more »
DIFFERENT...DRAMATIC...DARING! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »
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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  (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)
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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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Additional Details

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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:AL (2005) (DVD) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #11803)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Lt. DeGarmot:[learns Marlowe is writing fiction] What are you trying to do, elevate yourself?See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Film Noir Christmas, 1 June 2008
Author: johno-21 from United States

I recently saw this at the 2008 Palm Springs Film Noir Festival. Popular actor Robert Montgomery branches out into directing in this Film Noir from 1947 with mixed results. Using a subjective camera technique, Montgemery stars as detective Phillip Marlowe in a film shot from Marlowes point of view and is rarely on screen himself except for occasional mirror reflections and in a few scenes where he relates the story directly to the camera. This POV technique for an entire film can be demanding on the actors who talk to a disembodied camera instead of an actor and can wear thin on an audience after a while but although I did like the film, I can see why others may not. Based on the the Raymond Chandler novel with a screenplay by Steve Fisher who enjoyed success in the Film Noir genre with several film screenplays it has some good witty lines. The film begins with Christmas carols and the opening credits on Chrismas cards and it does take place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but that's the only thing Christmasy about it. It wasn't even released for Christmas and make it's debut in theaters in late January of 1947. Marlowe is set to give up his private eye career and become a writer instead and submits his first manuscript to an agency specializing in pulp fiction and horror stories. Adrienne Fromsett (Audrey Totter) isn't interested in Marlowe's literary talents and instead want to hire him to find out what happened to the missing estranged wife of her boss Derace Kingsby (Leon Ames). Totter's expressions, emotions, wit and beauty make a strong camera presence carry the film. Tom Tully as Cpt. Kane and Lloyd Nolan as Lt. DeGarmot make an excellent good cop-bad cop combination. Dick Simmons as Chris Lavery is excellent in a small role and Jayne Meadows as the mysterious Mildred Haveland is superb in her rapid-fire delivery. Meadows herself was on hand for the film's screening at the festival and did a Q&A for the audience after the screening in which she said she had never seen the film before even when it was first released. Beautiful blonde bit part actress Lila Leeds was only 18 years old when this was filmed in May of 1946 and was probably being groomed by MGM as the next Marilyn Monroe but in 1948 she was arrested along with Robert Mitchum for marijuana possession and as a community service part of her sentence she was given a staring role in the 1949 anti-drug film "Wild Weed." It would be her only starring role and at age 21 her film career was over. Look for great costumes on the actresses in this film by noted designer Irene. There are no location shots in this film and we never make to the lake and only learn of events that happen up there. It's an all-around strange film but a great cast and I would give it a 7.5 out of 10 and recommend it.

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