Murder, My Sweet
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One-time movie crooner Dick Powell literally turned his career around in the 1944 film noir Murder My Sweet. Powell stars as Phillip Marlowe, the hard-boiled private detective antihero created by novelist Raymond Chandler. Hired by hulking, psychotic Moose Malloy (Mike Mazurki) to locate Moose's old girl friend, Marlowe is pitched headlong into a morass of intrigue and deception. The participants include duplicitous glamour-girl Claire Trevor, sodden slattern Esther Howard, suave blackmailer Otto Kruger and dyspeptic doctor Ralf Harolde. At one point, Marlowe is railroaded into a lunatic… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"From its strongly accented camera angles and darkness-drenched nighttime action to the hardboiled narration of a cynical Los Angeles gumshoe outfitted in trenchcoat and fedora, Murder, My Sweet is pure Detective Noir 101."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"Any way you look at it, 1944 was a great year for fans of Raymond Chandler and film noir."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Offers a delirious blend of violence, drug-induced hallucinations, and sexuality."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"What really fills out the film is Dmytryk's jazzy application of Orson Welles's RKO set-design."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Powell is glib and great in one of the best hard boilers ever."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Possibly the best attempt at bring Raymond Chandler to the screen."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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