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Lady in the Lake (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 24 January 1947 (USA)
The lady editor of a crime magazine hires Philip Marlowe to find the wife of her boss. The private detective soon finds himself involved in murder.

Director:

Robert Montgomery

Writers:

Steve Fisher (screenplay), Raymond Chandler (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Phillip Marlowe
Audrey Totter ... Adrienne Fromsett
Lloyd Nolan ... Lt. DeGarmot
Tom Tully ... Capt. Kane
Leon Ames ... Derace Kingsby
Jayne Meadows ... Mildred Havelend
Dick Simmons ... Chris Lavery
Morris Ankrum ... Eugene Grayson
Lila Leeds ... Receptionist
William Roberts ... Artist
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Grayson
Ellay Mort Ellay Mort ... Chrystal Kingsby
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Storyline

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 <kyousten@bev.net>

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Another Sizzling Murder Mystery by RAYMOND CHANDLER! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady in the Lake See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,026,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,812,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,657,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film had its first television showings in Los Angeles Thursday 6 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Altoona PA Saturday 22 December 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10), in New York City Saturday 16 February 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Chicago Saturday 23 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia Friday 1 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) , in Portland OR Saturday 9 March 1957 on KGW (Channel 8) and in Minneapolis Friday 15 March 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); in Seattle it first aired 16 June 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Phoenix 22 June 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Cleveland 12 December 1957 on KYW (Channel 3), and in San Francisco 15 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

When the drunk looks through the broken window of Marlowe's overturned car and Marlowe cold cocks him, later we see the drunk's body lying near the bottom of the overturned car. If he had been standing next to the bottom of the car (on its side) he could not have looked into the window. See more »

Quotes

Adrienne Fromsett: [reminiscing on her early career, to Marlowe] If all the malted milks I served were laid end to end...
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Opening credits are shown on what appear to be holiday cards, as someone flips through the collection. See more »

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The First Noel
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not the best Marlowe film ...
11 June 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

... but certainly not all bad. The actor I had a real problem with in this film was Audrey Totter, who seemed to be ludicrous in her over-acting, reactions, etc. I'm not convinced that Robert Montgomery was the right person to play Marlowe (a bit too stiff in comparison to Powell and Bogart, other 40s Marlowes), but in directing this in first person viewpoint so that we see through the eyes of our central hero, he was certainly taking a gamble. It didn't pay off, really, and certainly slowed the pace. However, now and again it did give a quirky bit of life to what is essentially a tired plot. Another minus is the accent of the guy playing Chris Lavery, too OTT. Jayne Meadows is fine in her two scenes, and Leon Ames is endearingly vague as ever as the husband of the missing lady. There's the usual crooked cop as well to muddy the waters. However, 'Lady in the Lake' has to be viewed as a failure, but one worth taking a look at just to see why it could never had worked.


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