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Philip Marlowe is hired when a rare doubloon is stolen, and he soon discovers that it is being used for blackmail purposes. Marlowe's involvement has him encounter a girl who goes into hysterics when touched by a man; a domineering mother; three corpses; a couple of scuffles in which he gets his clock cleaned; a secretary who killed her boss, which is the reason Raymond Chandler called his story "The High Window", and a rich boy (who qualifies as a S.O.B. by two definitions) who is having trouble with the Mafia. So, what's not to like.Written by
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The flop house location for this film was the Gladden Apartments in the Bunker Hill section of Los Angeles. Raymond Chandler, who wrote the novel on which this is based, lived in the building 30 years before the film was shot. See more »
When Marlowe jumps out a window, he doesn't have his hat. When the shot moves to the outside of the building, his hat reappears. See more »
I was sore at myself for coming all the way out to Pasadena on a day like that just to see about a case. And how I hate summer winds - they come in suddenly off the Mojave Desert and you can taste sand for a week. I knew it was the voice of the girl on the phone that had got me and I was reminding myself how often your ears play a dirty trick on your eyes - but this time there was no let down...
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Not just one but both leads in this movie are all wrong. George Montgomery, a skinny guy with a skinny moustache, looks like a fellow hanging around a dance trying to get a teenager in trouble. His voice is far too light to sound convincing speaking Raymond Chandler's grim or rueful lines, and his delivery sounds as if he hasn't even convinced himself he's the right one to say them.
It's obvious why most of his romance with Nancy Guild is conducted sitting down when you see them standing together. There are two shots in which this happens, both hilarious, as she comes up to about his belt buckle. In one of them, he is even standing a few steps above her! She also has a very lightweight voice, and she comes off in general like a schoolgirl who has done her hair and makeup to resemble Lauren Bacall, but overdid it. She seems overwhelmed by her hair.
Lacking mood and atmosphere as well, the whole thing is more like a Fifties television episode than a movie.
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