in about 100 words or less
US 95m, B&W
Director: Edward Dmytryk; Cast: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger, Mike Mazurki
Murder, My Sweet is based on the 1940 Raymond Chandler novel entitled Farewell, My Lovely in which Philip Marlowe, a hardboiled private detective is hired by an ex-con to find his estranged girlfriend. While on the case, things quickly get complicated when Marlowe crosses paths with a blackmailing psychiatrist and a femme fatale whose jade necklace is “stolen”. Told as a flashback to the police after the fact, Murder My Sweet is a model Hollywood film noir, and despite Bogart’s better known reprisal of the role, Powell does a fine job at setting the bar (Klaus Ming November 2012).