January 20th, 2021


Movie Critique - Lady in the Lake

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Despite the chaos and confusion the delivery of the film might have given to the users, it is still one of the good Philip Marlowe movies, even if it is not the best.

Lady in the Lake is a 1947 American film noir marking the directorial debut of Robert Montgomery who also stars in it along-side Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan, Tom Tully, Leon Ames and Jayne Meadows. Film was produced by George Haight and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

Publishing executive Adrienne Fromsett (portrayed by Audrey Totter) hires private investigator Philip Marlowe (portrayed by Robert Montgomery) to find Chrystal Kingsby, wife of her boss, Derace Kingsby (portrayed by Leon Ames). And soon Marlowe gets pulled into a web of deceit, murder, and greed while the local law enforcement, Captain Kane (portrayed by Tom Tully and Lieutenant DeGarmot (Lloyd Nola), are behind Marlowe at every turn of the plot.

The film was an adaptation of 1943 Raymond Chandler novel The Lady in the Lake featuring his famous private investigator Philip Marlowe. Screenplay was written by Steve Fisher, who also was a writer for Black Mask pulp magazine for which Chandler was also a writer. The film had several changes from the original novel primarily being setting the novel in Christmas time as opposed to mid-summer.

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