The neon-drenched, smoke-filled LA of 1941 forms the background for this acclaimed adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel. Philips Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) has two cases on his books - and they may not be as unconnected as they seem. Giant-sized Moose Malloy is straight out of jail and looking for Velma, his chorus-line girlfriend. Marlowe takes sympathy on him and agrees to track her down but all he finds is a dead-end. Meanwhile, smooth gigolo Lindsay Marriott is eager to buy back a rare jade necklace from thieves and hires Marlowe as protection during the transaction. Before he knows it, Marlowe finds himself surrounded by murder, intrigue and a secret but deadly connection...
I enjoyed it - and Robert Mitchum makes a good job of the lead character
- Farewell My Lovely review by RP
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This is a rather good adaptation of the classic 1940 Raymond Chandler novel featuring tough, hard drinking private eye Philip Marlowe. The Marlowe character has been played by many actors over the years including Humphrey Bogart - here he's played by Robert Mitchum, who a little to my surprise makes rather a good job of it.
Marlowe is hired by Moose Malloy ('built like a beer truck') to find his lovely girlfriend Velma Valento who has disappeared while he's been in jail. Marlowe follows a cold trail and unearths many connections between assorted dodgy characters. The 1940s settings give a believable film noir feel to the whole production, Robert Mitchum makes a good job of the lead character, the rather lovely British actress Charlotte Rampling appears as the femme fatale, and the then little known Sylvester Stallone has a bit part.
I enjoyed it - but I suspect it's a little on the slow side for modern audiences looking for more crash-bang-wallop. 3/5 stars.