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Murder, My Sweet

(DVD - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A down-on-his-luck private detective searches for an ex-convict's missing girlfriend and finds himself in a dark world of mayhem and murder.
Title: Murder, my sweet
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
laser optical,NTSC,rda
digital,optical,mono,Dolby Digital 1.0,rda
DVD video,4 3/4 in.
1 videodisc (95 min.) :,DVD video, sound, black and white ;,4 3/4 in.
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Special features: Commentary by author/film-noir specialist Alain Silver; Theatrical trailer.
Based upon the novel: Farewell my lovely / by Raymond Chandler.
Re-released as part of the Film Noir Classic Collection.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1945.
Summary: A down-on-his-luck private detective searches for an ex-convict's missing girlfriend and finds himself in a dark world of mayhem and murder.
Audience: Not rated.
Local Note: 29 53 80 109 112 118 133 148 210 211 231 242 262
Additional Contributors: Silver, Alain - 1947-
Chandler, Raymond - 1888-1959.
Noriega, Joseph - 1899-1952,
Stevenson, Edward - (Edward M.),
Bakaleinikoff, C. - 1898-1966, - (Constantin),
Webb, Roy - 1888-1982,
Ohrenbach, Michael - 1894-1973,
Silvera, Darrell - 1900-1983,
Clark, Carroll
D'Agostino, Albert - 1893-1970,
Wild, Harry
Howard, Esther - 1892-1965,
Harolde, Ralf - 1899-1974,
Douglas, Donald - 1905-1945,
Walton, Douglas - 1896-1961,
Mander, Miles - 1888-1946,
Mazurki, Mike - 1907-1990,
Kruger, Otto - 1885-1974,
Shirley, Anne - 1918-1993,
Trevor, Claire - 1909-2000,
Powell, Dick - 1904-1963,
Dmytryk, Edward
Scott, Adrian - 1912-1973,
Paxton, John - 1911-1985,
Rogell, Sid - 1900-1973,
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Turner Home Entertainment (Firm)
RKO Radio Pictures
ISBN: 9780780646704
0780646703
Statement of Responsibility: RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. presents ; executive producer, Sid Rogell ; screen play by John Paxton ; produced by Adrian Scott ; directed by Edward Dmytryk
Production: [Atlanta, GA] :, Turner Home Entertainment,, [2004]
Distributor: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, [2004]
Copyright Date: ♭2004
Credits: Director of photography, Harry J. Wild ; art directors, Albert S. D'Agostino, Carroll Clark ; set decorations, Darrell Silvera, Michael Ohrenbach ; music by Roy Webb ; musical director, C. Bakaleinikoff ; gowns by Edward Stevenson ; edited by Joseph Noriega.
Performers: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger, Mike Mazurki, Miles Mander, Douglas Walton, Don Douglas, Ralf Harolde, Esther Howard.
System Details: DVD, region 1, standard version; Dolby Digital mono.
Other Language: In English with optional French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned in English.
Subject Headings: Murder Investigation California Los Angeles Drama. Los Angeles (Calif.) Fiction. Private investigators California Los Angeles Fiction. Marlowe, Philip (Fictitious character) Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Film noir.
Mystery fiction.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Film noir.
Detective and mystery films.
Topical Term: Murder
Private investigators
Marlowe, Philip (Fictitious character)
Publisher No: T6754
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Aug 10, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Murder My Sweet” is one of the top ten film noirs, probably just missing the top five. The best film noirs were "The Maltese Falcon," "The Big Sleep," and "Double Indemnity." This film noir has the detective that doesn’t really know much about the real reason he is being hired (everyone around him is a liar, covering up something). It includes the femme fatale who is plotting to make a quick buck or to kill a husband, etc. This film includes some incredibly clever hardboiled similes as Detective Marlowe in his narration of his surroundings makes fun of various people, places or things that he observes.

After watching this film, I am of the opinion that Dick Powell was the best on screen Philip Marlowe ever. I have read all the Philip Marlowe mysteries and Powell perfectly matches the Philip Marlowe that was portrayed in Raymond Chandler's novels.. Bogie was fine in the Big Sleep, but in the end the latter was really a Bogie and Baby film wasn't it? Not a Philip Marlowe film. George Montgomery and Robert Montgomery were forgettable. The same for James Garner and Eliot Gould.

Mar 15, 2013
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

From my point of view, this excessively convoluted, 1945 Crime-Thriller just barely managed to scrape by on the skin of its teeth with a 3-star rating._____ Murder, My Sweet's story started out intriguing enough, but before long it became too muddled and confused as too many characters and unimportant situations were introduced into the whole business of having gumshoe, Philip Marlowe solve what seemed to be a very simple case of blackmail and murder._____ By rights the Marlowe character should've been bumped off within this film's first 20 minutes, but, boy, as it turned out, this guy certainly had more lives than a cat!_____ I think that this sort of plotline confusion was characteristic of a typical Raymond Chandler Murder-Mystery, which Murder, My Sweet was adapted from. Chandler was noted for purposely adding irrelevant twists to his stories as a way of keeping his readers guessing right up to the very end._____ Unfortunately this sort of approach doesn't work well when transposed into a motion picture (even with voice-over narration added to fill in all of the gaps). It only leaves the viewer exasperated and dissatisfied, as it did with me._____ But, all-in-all, with that all said, from a nostalgic point of view, this film was fairly entertaining in its own right.

Dec 26, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

THIS is it. THIS is how you define film noir. Raymond Chandler was genius. Anything for a buck private dick Philip Marlowe's razor sharp narration to the cops about getting "sapped" on the head with a blackjack by an unseen mystery person in the fog, sending him into a "black pool"... Poetically sparking a match to light his smoke on Cupid's rear-end... Big goons named "Moose", femme fatales, stolen jade necklaces, a dead client, Dr. Jekyll (Marlowe's words, not mine) induced hallucinations... Absolutely top shelf shadowy sinister suspense. The whole cast is brilliant (particularly Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, and Mike Mazurki). FIVE STARS.

Sep 04, 2009
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a winding trip this movie provides on the way to solving a crime. Dick Powell as Philip Marlowe is wonderful - his clipped narration is perfectly in tune with his character.

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Dec 26, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Philip Marlowe (voiceover): "...She was a charming middle-aged lady with a face like a bucket of mud. I gave her a drink. She was a gal who'd take a drink, if she had to knock you down to get the bottle."

Dec 26, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lindsay Marriott: "I'm afraid I don't like your manner." Philip Marlowe: "Yeah, I've had complaints about it, but it keeps getting worse."

Dec 26, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lindsay Marriott: "How would you like a swift punch on the nose?!?" Philip Marlowe: "I tremble at the thought of such violence."

Dec 26, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Philip Marlowe (voiceover): "I caught the blackjack right behind my ear. A black pool opened up at my feet. I dived in. It had no bottom. I felt pretty good -- like an amputated leg."

Dec 26, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Philip Marlowe: " 'Okay Marlowe,' I said to myself. 'You're a tough guy. You've been sapped twice, choked, beaten silly with a gun, shot in the arm until you're crazy as a couple of waltzing mice. Now let's see you do something really tough -- like putting your pants on.' "

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