Murder, My Sweet

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In Brief: Edward Dmytryk's Murder, My Sweet (1944) isn't the first time a Raymond Chandler novel was brought to the screen. In fact, the same source novel (Farewell, My Lovely) had been reconfigured as The Falcon Takes Over two years earlier. But it did mark the first onscreen appearance of Chandler's private detective Philip Marlowe as himself. It was — and is — an auspicious debut, as well as a successful transition for star Dick Powell (as Marlowe) from crooner and light leading man to hard-boiled gumshoe. (Few juveniles make such a successful change.) The film itself is a stylish, dark, rather grim and surprisingly adult (especially for the era) work that concerns Marlowe being hired to find ex-con Moose Malloy's (Mike Mazurki) girlfriend, and then to find Helen Grayle's (Claire Trevor) missing necklace — only to find the two cases somehow related. It may well be the definitive film noir and the definitive movie-version Philip Marlowe.
Genre: Film Noir Mystery
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Starring: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger, Mike Mazurki, Miles Mander
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society will show Murder, My Sweet Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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