Murder, My Sweet (1944)

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Murder, My Sweet (1944)

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Directed by
Edward Dmytryk
Starring
Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, and Anne Shirley
Written by
John Paxton and Raymond Chandler
Cinematography
Harry J. Wild

Friday the 13th of January 2012

Stylish adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s Farewell My Lovely that’s almost perfect, with a Los Angeles cloaked in perpetual night, pierced only by glaring headlights and blazing neon signs. While other films may have done a better job with the Marlowe character, none have surpassed Dmytryk's recreation of Chandler’s Los Angeles.

The script does a good job incorporating Chandler's witty prose, and though it stumbles a bit during an ill-conceived drug sequence, even this stretch is peppered with Chandler’s snappy dialog.

As for the cast, Mazurki is excellent as a giant thug, as is Trevor as a vampy wife and Kruger as a slimy shrink. Unfortunately, Powell isn’t quite on target as Marlowe. He’s very good, and has the cynicism down pat, but he doesn't quite look tough enough. It’s not a deal-breaker, but with the rest of the cast so note-perfect, you can't help but wish for Bogart.

seen via TCM HD
Directed by
Edward Dmytryk
Starring
Dick Powell Claire Trevor Anne Shirley
Written by
John Paxton Raymond Chandler
Cinematography
Harry J. Wild
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