Blondes, Bottles, & Brass Knuckles: The Legacy of Phillip Marlowe

With Liam Neeson reportedly playing the legendary anti-hero gumshoe in Marlowe, I take a look at some of the others who have done the same over the years…

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Humphrey Bogart as Phillip Marlowe opposite wife Lauren Bacall as Vivian Rutledge in THE BIG SLEEP (1946).
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Raymond Chandler in a L — 1938 issue of Black Mask and R — a 1936 issue of Black Mask.
Barbara Stanwyck in DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944).
MURDER, MY SWEET (1944).
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Dick Powell as Marlowe in MURDER, MY SWEET. GIF Courtesy of Warner Archive.
Powell as Marlowe in the dream sequence where Marlowe is held against his will and drugged. Notice Dmytryk’s very unconventional way of filming the narcotic haze of the anti-hero.
THE BIG SLEEP (1946).
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Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall in 1946’s THE BIG SLEEP. GIF Courtesy of Warner Archive.
Bogie and Bacall in the “about horses” dialogue of THE BIG SLEEP. The dialogue in this scene is dripping with all manner of double entendre that sailed right past the Hays Code censor and made the film a classic.
LADY IN THE LAKE (1947).
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Audrey Totter as Adrian Fromsett opposite Robert Montgomery as Marlowe in an example of subjective camera from LADY IN THE LAKE. Notice how Totter’s look is directly into the camera, in a purposeful Fourth Wall break. The First Person POV angle can necessitate repeated Fourth Wall breaks.
PHILLIP MARLOWE, PRIVATE EYE (1983)
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Powers Boothe opposite Kathryn Leigh Scott.
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Former Contributing editor thefourohfive.com/film … Staff writer CitizenTruth.org . half of Real Monsters podcast. #crime , #truecrime : haubr.wess@gmail.com

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