Detective Philip Marlowe [Robert Mitchum] trying to solve a murder he has stumbled on, involved with the California Gambling scene and three potentially dangerous women…
Farewell, My Lovely is a 1975 American neo noir film, directed by Dick Richards and featuring Robert Mitchum as private detective Phillip Marlowe.
The picture is based on Raymond Chandler’s novel of the same name (1940), which had previously been adapted for film as Murder, My Sweet in 1944.
The film also stars Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Jack O’Halloran, Sylvia Miles and Harry Dean Stanton, with an early screen appearance by Sylvester Stallone. Mitchum returned to the role of Marlowe three years later in a 1978 remake of The Big Sleep, making him the only actor to portray Philip Marlowe more than once on the big screen.
Set in Los Angeles in 1941, against a seamy backdrop of police corruption, cheap hotel rooms, illegal gambling and jewel trafficking, private detective Philip Marlowe is holed up in a hotel room and growing more weary by the hour. As he explains to his police lieutenant friend Nulty: “I’ve got a hat, a coat and a gun, that’s it.”
Marlowe has been hired by a huge and surly ex-convict, Moose Malloy, to find his old girlfriend Velma, whom he hasn’t seen in seven years. At the same time, Marlowe is investigating the murder of a client named Marriott who was a victim of blackmail and a stolen necklace made of jade.
While encountering connections to both cases, Marlowe develops an attraction to the married and seductive Helen Grayle. As the body count mounts, Marlowe survives attempts on his life, which include being drugged and held captive by a psychotic brothel madam named Amthor and her thugs. The action comes to a head with a shootout on a gambling boat off the L.A. coast.
Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe: Cynical Private Eye/Protagonist
Charlotte Rampling as Helen Grayle: Seductive Temptress Femme Fatale
John Ireland as Lt. Nulty: Skeptical LAPD Detective
Sylvia Miles as Jessie Halstead Florian: Retired Showgirl/”Secret” Drinker
Anthony Zerbe as Laird Brunette: Big Time Gangster/Gambling Operator
Harry Dean Stanton as Detective Billy Rolfe: Corrupt LAPD Detective
Jack O’Halloran as Moose Malloy: Huge Ex-Convict
Joe Spinell as Nick: Hired Muscle
Sylvester Stallone as Jonnie: Hired Muscle
Kate Murtagh as Frances Amthor: L.A.’s infamous Madam/Drug Peddler (Believed to be based on Brenda Allen)
John O’Leary as Lindsay Marriott: “Homosexual” Blackmailer/Finger man for Jewel Mob
Walter McGinn as Tommy Ray: Second Rate Jazz Trumpeter
Jim Thompson as Judge Baxter Wilson Grayle: Corrupt Law Official/Helen’s “sick” husband
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