Murder, My Sweet

Murder, My Sweet

Director: Edward Dmytryk Cast: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley
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Murder, My Sweet

A missing gangster's girl drives this mystery featuring Dick Powell in the role of legendary sleuth Phillip Marlowe, arriving on DVD from Warner Brothers Home Video. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offering audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Mono, this disc also offers optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Extra features include commentary by author/film noir specialist Alain Silver and a theatrical trailer.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/06/2004
UPC: 0053939675429
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Turner Home Ent
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:35:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by author/film noir specialist Alain Silver; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Powell Philip Marlowe
Claire Trevor Velma/Mrs. Grayle
Anne Shirley Ann Grayle
Otto Kruger Amthor
Mike Mazurki Moose Malloy
Miles Mander Mr. Grayle
Douglas Walton Marriott
Donald Douglas Lt. Randall
Ralf Harolde Dr. Sonderborg
Esther Howard Mrs. Florian
Ernie S. Adams Bartender
George Anderson Detective
Stanley Andrews Actor
Jack Carr Short Guy
Ralph Dunn Detective
Sam Finn Headwaiter
Paul Hilton Boy
John Indrisano Chauffeur
Donald Kerr Taxi Driver
Paul Phillips Detective Nulty
Dewey Robinson The Boss
Shimen Ruskin Elevator Operator
Lawrence Wheat Butler

Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Carroll Clark Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
William Dorfman Asst. Director
Joseph Noriega Editor
Michael Orenbach Set Decoration/Design
John Paxton Screenwriter
Sid Rogell Executive Producer
Adrian Scott Producer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
James G. Stewart Sound/Sound Designer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Roy Webb Score Composer
Harry J. Wild Cinematographer
Raymond Chandler Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Third-Degree Credits [2:32]
2. Hired by Moose [3:03]
3. Flap at Florian's [3:01]
4. Jessie's Place [4:30]
5. Marriot's Rendezvous [4:01]
6. Phantoms in the Dark [3:21]
7. Watch Your Step [2:09]
8. Lady With an Interest [3:09]
9. Mrs. Grayle's Trust [7:08]
10. Competing Offers [4:01]
11. Old Psycological Tricks [4:30]
12. Stranglehold [3:47]
13. Crazy Coked-up Dream [4:44]
14. Against Doctor's Orders [5:13]
15. Take my Friend [2:19]
16. Protective Daughter [3:32]
17. Which Side Anybody's On [3:28]
18. His Desirable Wife [4:41]
19. Pretty Good Guesser [2:57]
20. Helen's Request [6:21]
21. Visited by Moose [3:40]
22. Femme Fatale [4:08]
23. Couple of Mugs [3:33]
24. Couldn't Let Her Go [1:46]
25. Her Kind of Face [3:35]

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Murder, My Sweet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting choice of career change for Dick Powell. After establishing himself as the light hearted lothario of 1930s Busby Berkeley musicals at Warner Brothers, the crooner side stepped his squeaky clean, boy-next-door image entirely with a string of deep and powerful dramatic performances. In ¿Murder My Sweet¿ Powell carries off Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled detective, Philip Marlowe to perfection. Okay, he¿s no Bogart, whom film buffs will recall played Marlowe in ¿The Big Sleep.¿ But Powell¿s performance is a close second, buffeted by his quick thinking, deeply cynical, smart-shooting dialect. In ¿Murder My Sweet¿ Marlowe is hired by an ex-con (Mike Mazurki) to hunt down his old flame. But the plot spins out of control when a murder leads to Marlowe¿s engagement by a manipulative woman (Claire Trevor), to recover her missing jewels. But a drug induced nightmare fraught in symbolism and expressionism turns Marlowe¿s world on end, devouring his soul beneath a seedy underbelly that permeates both high-society and the dangerous post war bars and flophouses of inner city Los Angeles. ¿Murder My Sweet¿ is one of the first great, though often overlooked, film noirs; an absolute must see. Warner¿s transfer on ¿Murder My Sweet¿ is better than average. In fact it¿s remarkably clean. The gray scale is very well balanced with deep solid blacks and whites that are vibrant and sharp. There¿s some film grain but few age related artifacts for a visual presentation that is over all a considerable improvement over previously issued VHS tapes. The audio is mono but nicely balanced. The more intent listener will notice slight pops. Alain Silver delivers a very thorough audio commentary that will most surely enhance your appreciation for this film. A very good disc to add to your library of classic cinema.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This excellent film with Mitchum as Phillip Marlowe is entitled ''Farewell My Lovely,'' not ''Murder My Sweet'' as is mentioned in the above review. It is rumored that Chandler preferred Murder My Sweet for the book, and felt the other title sounded like a Broadway musical; however, in retrospect, the ''Murder'' title seems a bit jejune and cliche, while the ''Farewell' title has a wistful quality not unlike the character of Marlowe himself.