A private detective is hired to retrieve a valuable antique coin that was stolen from its owner by her son, who used it to pay off a blackmailer. The private eye soon finds himself up to ... See full summary »
Philip Marlowe is hired when a rare doubloon is stolen, and he soon discovers that it is being used for blackmail purposes. Marlowe's involvement has him encounter a girl who goes into hysterics when touched by a man; a domineering mother; three corpses; a couple of scuffles in which he gets his clock cleaned; a secretary who killed her boss, which is the reason Raymond Chandler called his story "The High Window", and a rich boy (who qualifies as a S.O.B. by two definitions) who is having trouble with the Mafia. So, what's not to like.Written by
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The flop house location for this film was the Gladden Apartments in the Bunker Hill section of Los Angeles. Raymond Chandler, who wrote the novel on which this is based, lived in the building 30 years before the film was shot. See more »
When Marlowe jumps out a window, he doesn't have his hat. When the shot moves to the outside of the building, his hat reappears. See more »
I was sore at myself for coming all the way out to Pasadena on a day like that just to see about a case. And how I hate summer winds - they come in suddenly off the Mojave Desert and you can taste sand for a week. I knew it was the voice of the girl on the phone that had got me and I was reminding myself how often your ears play a dirty trick on your eyes - but this time there was no let down...
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I really can't comment on this title because I've never seen it. No station (including TCM) ever shows it, and it's not available on DVD or VHS. What bothers me the most is that Fox Studios still has the rights, and, with their Fox Film Noir series, one would think that it would be made available. So, what's up, Fox? What are you waiting for? I've been disappointed with the manner in which Fox has handled this series: they've had extremely long gaps between releases, they have actually yanked titles the day of release (this happened with the DVD of "Boomerang"), and they do not update the website with new or future releases. "Brasher Doubloon" and "Cry of the City" should have been included already.
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