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!