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Lady in the Lake (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 24 January 1947 (USA)
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.

Director:

Robert Montgomery

Writers:

Steve Fisher (screenplay), Raymond Chandler (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Ellay Mort ... Chrystal Kingsby
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Storyline

The camera shows Phillip Marlowe's view from the first-person in this adaptation of Raymond Chandler's book. The detective is hired to find a publisher's wife, who is supposed to have run off to Mexico. But the case soon becomes much more complicated as people are murdered. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Another Sizzling Murder Mystery by RAYMOND CHANDLER! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dama do Lago See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,026,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,812,000, 31 December 1947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,657,000, 31 December 1947
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lloyd Nolan who plays Lt. DeGarmot in this film previously played the lead in "Time To Kill" based on Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novel "The High Window", which was released as part of the Michael Shayne series of detective films. See more »

Goofs

In the kitchen, Marlowe pours the rice into his left hand twice, presumably putting the rice in his left pocket. After he meets "Mrs. Kingsby," he drops the rice with his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Adrienne Fromsett: [Adrienne pitches Marlowe's story to publisher Derace Kingsby] And he's a very well-known private detective. That's what makes the stuff so authentic. So full of life and vigor and heart. So full of... what would you say it was full of, Mr. Marlowe?
Philip Marlowe: Short sentences.
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Opening credits are shown on what appear to be holiday cards, as someone flips through the collection. See more »

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Balulalow
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Music by Peter Warlock
Author of carol unknown
Played in background during Christmas Eve midnight scene
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There are Marlowes Then there is Marlowe
18 June 2005 | by KingCoodySee all my reviews

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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