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Murder, My Sweet /DVD (1944) Region 1 U.S. Canada / Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Ann Shirley, Otto Kruger,

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  • Actors: Claire Trevor, Ann Shirley, Otto Kruger Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Otto Kruger, Ann Shirley Dick Powell
  • Format: DVD
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 7537734151
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,074 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Farewell My Lovely, 1944 film

This is the film version of Raymond Chandler's "Farewell, My Lovely". It opens with Philip Marlowe being questioned by police detectives. It started when Marlowe was hired by Mike Malloy to look for an old girlfriend. Malloy had been away for years. Marlowe finds a dead end. Then a stranger hires Marlowe to ransom stolen jewelry. Marlowe is sapped, his client Marriott cannot speak. The police question him but Marlowe knows little. Then a reporter visits him to ask questions but Marlowe figures out the answers. Next Marlowe is hired by Mrs. Helen Grayle, the woman whose necklace was stolen. Malloy takes Marlowe to meet a guy; Jules Amthor is very interested in that necklace. They try to get information from Marlowe. [There are some novel special effects here.]

Marlowe continues in his quest for the truth. Ann Grayle hates her stepmother. Mr. Grayle was the owner of Marriott's apartment, so the police questioned him. Helen Grayle explains how Amthor worked: he talked to people, gained their confidence and their secrets, and used this information for blackmail. But Helen reveals her own character to Marlowe. When Marlowe returns to Amthor's office he finds Amthor won't speak to anyone. So now Marlowe begins to put the pieces together and figure out what the solution is, and returns to the beach house. There is a confrontation between the main characters that brings and ending to this story.

You will note how the film varies from the novel, but not extensively. The actions of Mr. and Mrs. Grayle seem more correct than the story in the novel. Chandler was a former oil company executive and knew about the lives and scandals of the super rich. The story of a rich old man marrying a young "show girl" could have been ripped from the headlines, then or now. [This story of a search for a missing person seems to echo "The Big Sleep".]
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