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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 »


Certificate:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was completed in mid-1946 and trade shown in Los Angeles, and reviewed in Weekly Variety in November 1946, so, in this sense, it's a 1946 production. Since it was not released theatrically until January 1947, IMDb and AFI use that date after the title, in order to comply with their own book of rules. Rumored to have been intended as a December 1946 release, which would have coincided with the Christmas themed story background, MGM executives backed down at the last minute and delayed its release until January 1947 so as not to "offend" holiday season moviegoers, a high percentage of which included the so-called "family trade." For the same reason, they tacked on the "happy ending" sequence, over the strenuous objections of both Montgomery and Totter. See more »

Goofs

Audrey Totter's character uses the word "deducted" rather than the correct "deduced." See more »

Quotes

Philip Marlowe: You don't really want to buy my story, do you, Miss Fromsett?
Adrienne Fromsett: I was about to offer you $200 for it.
Philip Marlowe: Oh, no, you weren't. Why don't you quit being cute, Miss Fromsett? The real reason you had me up here is because you're looking for a smooth operator who keeps his mouth shut and when you read the story, you said, "Yeah, that's my boy. He's dumb, he's brave and he's cheap." Am I right?
Adrienne Fromsett: Well, I was about to offer you a commission on a rather delicate and confidential matter...
Philip Marlowe: Then why didn't you ...
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER! In the opening credits Crystal Kingsby is written as being played by Ellay Mort, the phonetic spelling for 'elle est morte', French for 'she is dead' See more »


Soundtracks

Coming thro' the Rye
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Traditional tune, lyrics by Robert Burns
Whistled by Marlowe
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experimental failure
17 December 2005 | by tijetSee all my reviews

This movie could only interest a film historian. The camera shows the point of view of the lead character, Marlowe. This is a technical failure: deadened pans and zooms, no physical contact with other characters, no outdoor scenes.

With clever self-reference, writer Raymond Chandler has Marlowe try his hand at pulp detective fiction -- based on his own experience, of course. The publisher's executive assistant, A. Fromsett (overplayed by Audrey Totter), expresses interest in the manuscript, to draw Marlowe into looking for the publisher's missing wife. Soon we are up to our camera lens in blonde bombshells, drawling thugs, crooked cops, and dead bodies.

This could be an intriguing story. Unfortunately, Robert Montgomery, playing the lead (appearing in mirrors and editorial commentary), also directs. He has a tin ear for dialogue, a glass eye for scenery, and a peg leg for pacing.

Those looking for an entertaining Marlowe crime drama should try "Farewell my Lovely", "The Big Sleep", or "The Long Goodbye".


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