Wednesday, May 27, 2020

FAREWELL, MY LOVELY - "I Need Another Drink" (1975)

Welcome to a "Well, If It Was Good Enough The First Time Wednesday!"
Let's do it again!

"Farewell, My Lovely" is a remake of "Murder, My Sweet" made thirty-one years later in 1975.
"Farewell, My Lovely" is also the original title of the Philip Marlowe book written by Raymond Chandler. 

Who would really name their son something like this?
A Dick Richards film about a private dick, how appropriate!

Most of the characters are the same, and the story kind of starts out the same, but after that, it's pretty much a different story! This time out an aging Robert Mitchum plays Philip Marlowe, and if you ask me, it's a pretty good fit. Philip Marlowe was supposed to be about 20 years younger than what Robert Mitchum was, but if you didn't know that, you would never know the difference. Just don't expect this film to be too much like the other one! It's just like a good cover tune, maybe like The Clash playing Glenn Miller's "In The Mood!"

If you've seen "Murder, My Sweet," you'll kind of know what's going on for a while, but "Farewell, My Lovely" is a completely different movie. I read that since nice guy Dick Powell was trying to break out of his singer/dancer mold, they changed the title from "Farewell, My Lovely," because it sounded too much like one of the musicals he was trying to leave in his past!

This time out, the Moose Malloy character is played by 6'6" former professional heavyweight boxer Jack O'Halloran, who won his first 16 fights, and had a career record of 34-21-2.
Still working today, Jack has four films in pre-production.

I have not read the book completely yet, but from what I've read so far, this version is truer to the book, like this part about the club "Florians" being a black club. 
Probably the most annoying thing about this film is the lack of much of the colorful language used by Raymond Chandler. I just don't understand that! Philip Marlowe's language as written by David Zelag Goodman is weak and tepid by comparison!

Original copies of the 1940 novel sell for thousands of dollars, but if you don't need a collectible copy, then you can go read it for yourself for free!

"Farewell, My Lovely" has a fine cast that includes Harry Dean Stanton, and Robert Ireland as a couple of very ineffective police officers.

The woman with a face like a bucket of mud is played this time by Sylvia (Violent Midnight, Life on Mars) Miles. Sylvia passed away a little less than a year ago at the age of 94.

Philip Marlowe follows a lead that Velma Valento is in a mental hospital in Camarillo, Ca.
Mental hospitals are barely a thing any more. Between 1955 and 1994, approximately 487,000 mental patients were released. The mental hospitals of today are the streets of every major metropolitan area instead!

The quite lovely Charlotte (Dexter) Rampling has the main female lead in this version, but the role of Mrs. Grayle/Velma was changed substantially for this version.
Charlotte is also still working and has four films in post-production.

"Farewell My Lovely" has a couple of early career appearances by Sylvester Stallone......

........And everybody's favorite sleazebag, Joe Spinell!!
In the middle is Kate Murtagh as Amthor, the lesbian who runs the whore house.
I love the fact that the one prostitute is reading a "Whiz" comic book!

Philip Marlowe does get shot up with drugs in this film too, but his trip is a lot shorter than in "Murder, My Sweet."

In this version, Philip Marlowe is a big baseball fan, especially of Joe DiMaggio!

It's really hard to say which film is better, because they don't even seem to be the same story most of the time. I think it's better to just watch each film on it's own merit, and forget about the comparisons! Between the color print, the cussing, and the slight bit of nudity, it really is a different movie.
There is one constant, the music is great in both versions!

If you've got some extra time on your hands, this would probably be a good time to watch a double feature of two movies that are the same, but completely different. There's no reason to compare them, just enjoy each one for what it is!
And to make it even easier for you.....

Monday, May 25, 2020

TALES OF TOMORROW / "Past Tense" Season 2 Episode 33 - 1953

Here's Boris in a Tale Of Tomorrow! In this tale, a doctor invents a time machine and wants to go back through history and make a fortune by selling penicillin to a pharmaceutical firm.

Well, the story starts at the State Hospital, the year is 1910...

Dr. Marco (Boris) is in a hospital bed, seemingly delirious, he keeps saying the word 'penicillin' which is obviously a word no one's ever heard of. The doctor at the hospital tells a concerned person there the story the man from the future was telling before he fell ill.

The man says he's from the year 1953, he's a physician and inventor. He's married to a woman that questions his reasoning, a time machine?! It's pure comic book nonsense...

She even threatens to destroy the machine when she gets the chance, the doctor implores her not to tamper with his invention as it could be a danger to him.

So anyway, it's off we go, forward into the past!.. Pretty good effects, shades of Frankenstein!

We start cruising through the past, here's the good old atomic bomb!

The doctor stops the ride in 1923...

Dr. Marco is able to see the head of a pharmaceutical company but they do not want the vial of penicillin the doc is offering them because it's untested.

But, the man that got him the appointment with the company is also able to have the doctor test the penicillin on a sick patient. After some time though, the person dies. The truth is that it was too late for the drug to work. He gets into a peck of trouble...

So, he goes back home to his wife and tells her of his adventure. Then he drops a bomb... He's going to go back to 1910 and sell it to the same company, only this time, they'll pay dearly!.. The wife senses danger and tells him that he's not going to be coming back...

So, he goes back to 1910 and gets another chance to talk to the head of the company. Only this time, the man calls the police and has him taken away, for,,, Fraud! Also for being coo coo, how could anybody be from the future?!!

The doc is dead, he died of pneumonia in the year 1910! Moral... Hey, don't mess around with time, you'll be sorry! So like, check in on Wednesday for more new Dungeon Cargo!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

MURDER, MY SWEET - "An Original Philip Marlowe Mystery" (1944)

This week's Saturday Night Special is a terrific little film noir from 1944 called 
"Murder, My Sweet."

Rich Arithmetic is the guy you can thank for turning me onto this title!

So here you've got former singer/dance Dick Powell as hard-boiled dick Philip Marlowe!
He's being interrogated by the police, and you don't find out why he is blindfolded until the end of the movie!

All you have to do is hear the first few lines of the monologue to get totally sucked into this film!
Raymond Chandler penned the novel and approved of Dick Powell for the role!

Any movie with Mike Mazurki in it is probably going to be worth watch in my opinion!

Big Mike is Moose Malloy, and he needs Philip Marlowe to help him find his girl. You really don't want to get in his face like this!

Marlowe has to go out looking for clues, and this was one of his first stops.
"She was a charming middle-aged lady with a face like a bucket of mud."
Esther (Dick Tracy vs. Cueball) Howard is Jessie Florian. "Her husband died with a beer in his hand, and she finished it for him."

Dis is da Moose's goil Velma Valento! 
Velma was played by Claire (The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse) Trevor.

Philip Marlowe is up to his neck in trouble in no time flat!

Ann (Bachelor Bait) Shirley as Ann Grayle, tries to get Philip Marlowe's attention disguised as a journalist!
This was Anne Shirley's last role. She was only 26, but had already been in 68 films!

Shots like this make films like this great!!

Philip Marlowe is one tough cookie, but there's more of them than there is of him, so they  catch up with him and shoot him full of some funky drugs!

It makes for a pretty surreal dug scene considering the date!

The doors of perception are quickly closing!

It gets so bad, you don't know if Philip Marlowe is going to get through this or not!

He feels like he's in a literal haze and even after he escapes, he still has a couple of flashbacks!

Meanwhile, reality looks like this!

"Murder, My Sweet" is a different kind of movie, and Philip Marlowe is a different kind of hero, and you can check it out for yourself on The Internet Archive for free. If you feel guilty enough, you can even drop a buck or two into their donation box!

This is the reason Philip Marlowe was blindfolded at the beginning. He got too close to the flash from a gun, and was temporarily blinded!
There have been at least 17 other TV or movie productions about Philip Marlowe over the last seventy something years. And there's more on the way! If any of them are half as good as this film, then they all would be worth watching!

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