- Actors: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger, Mike Mazurki
- Directors: Edward Dmytryk
- Writers: John Paxton, Raymond Chandler
- Producers: Adrian Scott, Sid Rogell
- Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: RKO Radio Pictures
- Release Date: July 6 2004
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000244EX8
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Considered by many to be the definitive private eye "film noir," this adaptation of Raymond Chandler's "Farewell, My Lovely" stars Dick Powell as gumshoe Philip Marlowe, whose search for a thug's ex-girlfriend leads him into a convoluted plot of blackmail and murder. With Claire Trevor, Otto Kruger, Anne Shirley, Mike Mazurki. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; audio commentary; theatrical trailer. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.
Dick Powell will forever be known as a 1930s crooner in archetypal musical comedies, but this career-changing role shows Powell at his best and remains perhaps the most faithful cinematic representation of Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled hero, Philip Marlowe, ever put on screen. In this adaptation of Farewell, My Lovely, Powell's cynical, smart-talking private eye is hired by a dim ex-con (pug-nosed Mike Mazurki) to find his girl Velma, and by the prissy stooge of a blackmail victim to babysit him during a handoff. The meeting ends with the stooge's death, and Marlowe is immediately engaged by the owner of some jewels, the wily Mrs. Grayle (Claire Trevor), to recover them. As Marlowe navigates the dark, dangerous world of wartime L.A., splitting his search between high-society haunts and the cheap, smoky bars and flophouses of the inner city, he turns up one too many stones, winds up on the wrong end of a fist, and wakes up to a drug-induced nightmare that director Edward Dmytryk delivers with a mixture of surreal symbolism and sinister expressionism. Powell delivers screenwriter John Paxton's snappy lines and droll asides with hard-boiled cynicism, like someone not quite as tough as he talks; but it's Powell's innate vulnerability that makes this reluctant saint of the city so compelling. Dmytryk's shadowy style creates a visual equivalent to the web of intrigue Marlowe navigates, an almost perpetual world of night. One of the first great films noir and an often-overlooked detective-movie classic. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Warner's transfer on "Murder My Sweet" is better than average. In fact it's remarkably clean. The gray scale is very well balanced with deep solid blacks and whites that are vibrant and sharp. There's some film grain but few age related artifacts for a visual presentation that is over all a considerable improvement over previously issued VHS tapes. The audio is mono but nicely balanced. The more intent listener will notice slight pops. Alain Silver delivers a very thorough audio commentary that will most surely enhance your appreciation for this film. A very good disc to add to your library of classic cinema.
The direction by Edward Dmytryk and cinematography by Harry Wild are perfect, giving the film a tight, economical yet alluring vintage "feel". Working on a tight budget, they manage to infuse it with all the seedy, chaotic topography that would serve as the touchtones for every film of this type from "Night of the Hunter" to "Blade Runner." While this isn't the first Noir film, it may well be the best.
Marlowe is hired by a playboy to accompany him in the retrieval of a jade necklace he claims was stolen from a wealthy friend of his. At the place where the exchange is to take place, Marlowe is knocked out and awakens to find the man has been murdered. Other new [and unwelcome] clients are also knocking at his door. One is a huge ex-con who is looking for his old girlfriend. Another is the daughter [Anne Shirley] of the man whose wife owned the jade necklace. The woman is Helen Grayle [Claire Trevor], a beautiful, seductive woman with a past. Marlowe, as usual, finds himself surrounded by people whose motives are questionable and often dangerous. He puts himself and others in jeopardy as he relentlessly pursues the truth.
Claire Trevor, one of Hollywood's greatest character actresses, gives a fine, edgy performance as Helen. Otto Kruger is deliciously sinister as Jules Amthor, shady underground figure and chief suspect.
The Chandler novel was remade in the 1970s using the original title. Robert Mitchum played Marlowe and the remarkable Charlotte Rampling starred as Helen Grayle. This version is more faithful to the book, but I find "Murder, my Sweet" to be a slightly better movie.
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