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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Philip Marlowe
... Helen Grayle / Velma Valento
... Ann Grayle
... Jules Amthor
... Joe 'Moose' Malloy
... Leuwen Grayle
... Lindsay Marriott
... Police Lieutenant Randall (as Don Douglas)
... Dr. Sonderborg
... Jessie Florian
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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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A night of murder the police won't let him forget! The only key to his safety... a woman's face he can't remember! See more »


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Farewell, My Lovely  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

To protect Dick Powell in the final shoot out, when Marlowe dives for Grayle's gun only to have it go off right in front of his face, Edward Dmytryk used the plate glass trick from the film's beginning to reflect the gunshot at a safe distance from Powell. Since Miles Mander had held the gun in his right hand in all other shots for that scene, he had to hold it in his left hand to disguise the reflection. See more »

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During the dream sequence where the stair rail disappears, you can see that Powell is holding onto a string where the rail was. See more »

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Philip Marlowe: That's what happens when you let a cop go to college. He gets too smart.
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Referenced in Diagnosis Murder: Murder, My Suite (1999) See more »

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One of the most entertaining Detective thrillers ever made.
31 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

'Murder, My Sweet' is based on Raymond Chandler's classic detective novel 'Farewell, My Lovely'. The book was later filmed in the 1970s under its original title starring Robert Mitchum. The Mitchum version is actually more faithful, but for some reason nowhere near as entertaining. 'Murder, My Sweet' tones down some of the racial and sexual aspects of the original story (which are included in the 1970s remake), and I'm might be mistaken (it's been a while since I read it), but the Anne Shirley character appears to have been created as a potential love interest for Dick Powell. She seems to have been inspired by a similar character in 'Double Indemnity' (written by James M. Cain and filmed the same year with the help of Chandler). Dick Powell was originally a crooner and casting him as Philip Marlowe was a very strange choice at the time, but it certainly works. Personally I would have preferred to see Robert Mitchum playing Marlowe in this version, but by the 1970s he was too old for the part, and comparing the two versions Powell definitely wins. Claire Trevor is also excellent as one of the definitive noir femme fatales, and her scenes with Powell are compelling. The drug sequence is also very memorable. 'Murder, My Sweet' is one of the most entertaining detective thrillers ever made, and along with 'Double Indemnity' and 'Out Of The Past' one of the very best crime movies of the 1940s.


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