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||IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 from 3,222 votes
||Release: 14 April 1947 (Sweden) /
||Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
||Director: Robert Montgomery,
||Stars: Audrey Totter, Dick Simmons, Ellay Mort, Jayne Meadows, Kathleen Lockhart, Leon Ames, Lila Leeds, Lloyd Nolan, Morris Ankrum, Robert Montgomery, Tom Tully, William Roberts
||Synopsis: The camera shows Phillip Marlowe's view from the first-person in this adaptation of Raymond Chandler's book. The detective is hired to find a publisher's wife, who is supposed to have run off to Mexico. But the case soon becomes much more complicated as people are murdered. Written by Ken Yousten <[email protected]>
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For a suspense writer whose observations of mid-20th-century Los Angeles
proved so gimlet-eyed that he has been enshrined as the city's unofficial
bard, Raymond Chandler had a bumpy fling with Hollywood. The first of his
five major novels to be filmed during the classic period of film noir,
Farewell, My Lovely was first turned into an installment in the Falcon
series of programmers, then into Edward Dmytryk's 1944 Murder, My Sweet (a
success, but too short; to do justice to Chandler's atmospherics and milieu
demands longer time spans than the movies allot them).
From 1946, probably the most adroit blending of style and content taken from
his works was Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep. But its popularity, then and
now, owes as much to the chemistry between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
and to the frisky, irreverent tone Hawks brought to the movie as to
Chandler, whose outlook was one of dispassionate observation tinged with
The following year, The Brasher Doubloon, from the book The High Window, can
be deemed a failure. That leaves the odd case of The Lady in the Lake, also
from 47, which Robert Montgomery, starring as Philip Marlowe, ill-advisedly
decided to direct himself. The movie labors under two huge handicaps: one
of technique, the other of tone.
Cited often (and often by those who may not have actually seen the movie)
for its subjective use of the-camera-as-character, The Lady in The Lake
flounders on an idea that may have sounded good when initially floated but
had to have looked bad once the first rushes came in.
Except for an explanatory prologue (the necessity for which should have
raised red flags) or in scenes where he's caught in a window or mirror,
Montgomery's Marlowe remains unseen. We, through the camera lens, are the
detective. Conceivably, this gimmick might have worked at a later date,
when swift, lithe Steadicams were part of Hollywood's technical arsenal.
But in1947, the camera lumbers along as though it were being shoved through
wet sand. As a result the pace slows to deadening, as though a senescent
Marlowe were tracking down clues from the rail of an aluminum walker.
In consequence, time that might profitably been expended on filling in
missing pieces of the puzzle gets wasted on Marlowe's getting from point A
to point B. Vital and evocative parts of Chandler's novel take place in the
summer resort areas of Puma Point and Little Fawn Lake; that snail of a
camera, however, was not up to a hike in the great outdoors, so the movie
preserves none of them.
And in tossing away chunks of the novels to accommodate budgets and shooting
schedules, movie versions (like this one) mistake Chandler's strengths,
which did not lay in plot. (The scriptwriters on The Big Sleep, including
William Faulkner, couldn't figure out who killed one of the characters, so
they asked Chandler, who didn't know either.)
His strengths were in weaving intricate webs of duplicity and deceit shot
through with corruption and dread. That was heavy fare for Hollywood even
during the noir cycle. So stories tended to be simplified and atmosphere
lightened: the freighted response gave way to the wisecrack, suggestive
tension between two characters turned into a meet-cute, the brooding loner
became a red-blooded American joe.
So, in The Lady in The Lake, the icy and questionable Adrienne Fromsett of
the book (Audrey Totter) is now a sassy minx to Marlowe's snappy
man-about-town, and so on. The plot deals with Marlowe's attempts to find a
missing woman (an off-screen character whom the Christmas-card credits, in a
droll fit of Francophone humor, call Ellay Mort).
Is a verdict possible? Some viewers find the movie's conceits and
distortions amateurish and self-congratulating, while others overlook them
to find a vintage mystery from postwar vaults. The Lady in The Lake remains
a flawed experiment that over the years has developed its own distinctive
if not quite distinguished period bouquet.
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, Dick Simmons
, Ellay Mort
, Jayne Meadows
, Kathleen Lockhart
, Leon Ames
, Lila Leeds
, Lloyd Nolan
, Morris Ankrum
, Robert Montgomery
, Tom Tully
, William Roberts
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