Dick Simmons as Chris Lavery is excellent in a small role and Jayne Meadows as the mysterious Mildred Haveland is superb in her rapid-fire delivery. In this movie he doesn't feel like Marlowe, a Marlowe who can take and give a hard punch. The scriptwriters on The Big Sleep, including William Faulkner, couldn't figure out who killed one of the characters, so they asked Chandler, who didn't know either. They were full of trickery and deception and ambiguity. She pulls a gun on him and someone hits Marlowe from behind with a. Montgomery's sardonic snap mostly works well for cynical Marlowe, though he sometimes forgets to tone it down during tender dialogue, making him sound simply cranky. Montgomery's take on Marlowe isn't for everyone, and coming as it did just a year after Bogart had laid down a considerable marker in The Big Sleep, he was up against it.
Did the actors feel silly talking to the camera?. The plot deals with Marlowe's attempts to find a missing woman an off-screen character whom the Christmas-card credits, in a droll fit of Francophone humor, call Ellay Mort. Chandler and Fisher had both been writers for magazine in the 1930s. The style was the thing. The Raymond Chandler plot is as good as you might expect, and I allowed myself to accept the gimmick; however, the acting is worse than I have ever seen in any A-movie of the studio system. The confrontation with Mildred, the revelation of the truth, the killings? Montgomery has, however, failed to exploit the full possibilities suggested by this unusual technique. Montgomery directs himself and is primarily only seen in a scene looking in a mirror.
Marlowe goes to see Lavery again. So stories tended to be simplified and atmosphere lightened: the freighted response gave way to the wisecrack, suggestive tension between two characters turned into a meet-cute, the brooding loner became a red-blooded American joe. In making the camera an active participant, rather than an off-side reporter, Mr. Use it sparingly and only when it's important to the story. There are no location shots in this film and we never make to the lake and only learn of events that happen up there.
Leon Ames the portrays the publisher, with Lloyd Nolan the detective, Jayne Meadows is the ultimate villain. Chess, was charged with the murder of his wife Muriel. Marlowe learns that a woman's body has been recovered from a lake on which Kingsby owns property, and that Kingsby's caretaker, Mr. Excluded from canon: Silver and Ward 1992 , p. If this is not one of the best films you have ever seen, you need to re-consider whether talking pictures is really your preferred form of entertainment after all. We can't see Marlowe's face so we can only hear what he says, not read his mind. The murder mystery was an adaptation of the 1943 novel.
Kingsby as the boss, her influence? Chess is in an , depressed over having been abandoned by his wife Muriel, at about the same time as Crystal disappeared. In consequence, time that might profitably been expended on filling in missing pieces of the puzzle gets wasted on Marlowe's getting from point A to point B. Almore's wife had died under suspicious circumstances, that her death was hushed up by the police, and that Dr. Lady in the Lake is a mid 40s-melodrama based on a Raymond Chandler novel with his private eye Philip Marlowe. The Life of Raymond Chandler 1st ed. He was initially supposed to sword-fight the guy, but he talked Lucas out of it by reasoning that Indiana Jones was the type of guy who'd just roll his eyes and pull a gun on that clown with the sword.
Instead we get a pile of plotty exposition. But, provided you pay close attention, it shouldn't be a problem. Fisher made major changes, such as re-setting the time of the film to the Christmas holiday, and dropping all the scenes which took place at the lake. George Montgomery as Philip Marlowe? Robert Montgomery directed this film as well as acting as Marlowe. Other characters talk directly to the camera. Second, look who the director is: yes, it's wooden leading man Robert Montgomery, who plainly can't see how bad his direction is when he's acting, and won't see or hear how bad his acting is when he's directing. But in1947, the camera lumbers along as though it were being shoved through wet sand.
When it comes to women, does anybody really want the facts? Filter posts by subject: Do you have ideas or feedback for Askreddit? Richard Fleischer was brought in to stretch the climactic melodrama aboard Burr's yacht in the harbor, and the picture grew to an overblown two hours in length. It's the Christmas Holidays and private detective and part time writer Phillip Marlowe Montgomery strolls into Kingsby Publications to submit his latest novel. Chess is immediately arrested for his wife's murder, and Marlowe, although doubtful of his guilt, returns to Los Angeles. 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. Give contextual explanation and translation from your sites! Mabuse the Gambler 1922, Germany Asphalt 1929, Germany La Chienne 1931, France M 1931, Germany Das Testament des Dr. The gimmick is that, apart from a few scenes of private detective Marlowe chatting us up in his office, everything is viewed through his eyes, with Marlowe himself remaining unseen unless he glances in a mirror.
It's an all-around strange film but a great cast and I would give it a 7. Using a subjective camera technique, Montgemery stars as detective Phillip Marlowe in a film shot from Marlowes point of view and is rarely on screen himself except for occasional mirror reflections and in a few scenes where he relates the story directly to the camera. It was one of several films of Marlowe made at this tine: Murder My Sweet with Dick Powell, The Brasher Doubloon with George Montgomery. Fallbrook; she was killed by Al Degarmo her former husband in a jealous rage; and that the murder victim supposed to be Muriel Chess at Little Fawn Lake was actually Crystal Kingsley, who was killed by Mildred Haviland for revenge and profit, of her victim. For Klute, see Ballinger and Graydon 2007 , pp. All in all a poorly done detective flick.