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Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 22 February 1945 (USA)
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After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

John Paxton (screenplay), Raymond Chandler (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Philip Marlowe
Claire Trevor ... Helen Grayle
Anne Shirley ... Ann Grayle
Otto Kruger ... Jules Amthor
Mike Mazurki ... Joe 'Moose' Malloy
Miles Mander ... Leuwen Grayle
Douglas Walton ... Lindsay Marriott
Donald Douglas ... Police Lt. Randall (as Don Douglas)
Ralf Harolde ... Dr. Sonderborg
Esther Howard ... Jessie Florian
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Storyline

This adaptation of the Raymond Chandler novel 'Farewell, My Lovely', renamed for the American market to prevent audiences mistaking it for a musical (for which Powell was already famous) has private eye Philip Marlowe hired by Moose Malloy, a petty crook just out of prison after a eight year stretch, to look for his former girlfriend, Velma, who has not been seen for the last six years. The case is tougher than Marlowe expected as his initially promising inquiries lead to a complex web of deceit involving bribery, perjury and theft, and where no one's motivation is obvious, least of all Marlowe's. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Audiences initially stayed away, thinking that "Farewell My Lovely", its original title, was yet another Dick Powell musical. When the studio changed the title to "Murder My Sweet", box-office receipts picked up considerably. See more »

Goofs

When Marlowe strikes a match upon the marble statue of Cupid, the pedestal rocks slightly. See more »

Quotes

Philip Marlowe: I don't know what you talked him into. Was it murder or something serious?
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Alternate Versions

Exists in color-computerized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Diamond's Edge (1988) See more »

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Chandler's opinion of Powell
4 September 2003 | by David WatkinsSee all my reviews

Chandler once said that Powell was his favourite - not, naturally, his ideal - screen Marlowe. Though "Bogart is always excellent as Bogart", he wasn't Marlowe.

Claire Trevor is the classic proof of how personality is more important than looks, even in sexy parts. Short, powerfully built, coarse-featured, she comes across here as overpoweringly glamorous and alluring.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Farewell, My Lovely See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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