Sunday, June 24, 2007

Murder, My Sweet (1944)

*****
USA

The only slightly less excellent of two highly excellent adaptations of Raymond Chandler's relatively excellent "Farewell, My Lovely" (which was this film's UK title, as well as the original title of the terrific 1975 remake). Dick Powell is no Bogart (or Mitchum, for that matter), but he's a surprisingly solid Marlowe, and Claire Trevor - almost as surprisingly - a delectable femme fatale (you can hear the [new] money in her voice).
1944 was pretty much early days for noir, but Edward Dmytryk already had the tone and unmistakable visual style down pat. Writer John Paxton tidies up Chandler's typically unwieldy plot and fills in most of the holes. The dialogue, as you'd expect, is cracking.

dir: Edward Dmytryk
wr: John Paxton
ph: Harry J. Wild
ed: Joseph Noriega
cast: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Mike Mazurki, Otto Kruger, Miles Mander, Douglas Walton, Donald Douglas, Ralf Harold, Esther Howard

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