Farewell My Lovely1975 Robert Mitchum*Film Noir

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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  2. Robert Mitchum is Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe. Moose Malloy, an ex-con, hires Marlowe to find his old girlfriend Velma. This sets Marlow up to be shot at, knocked out and drugged. The plot of this movie is not well understood until the end, when we find out who Velma really is. Regardless, the film will hold your interest with good acting, dialog and humor.
    The cinematography and lighting were exceptional under John Alonzo, who also was director of photography for the movie Chinatown. The film was well cast with plenty of familiar faces, John Ireland, Sylvia Miles,  Harry Dean Stanton and a young Sylvester Stallone. The story may be hard to follow, but you'll want to keep watching to find out what, Farewell, My Lovely is all about.

  3. I was drooling over those 40s cars! I think casting was trying to 'duplicate' Lauren Bacall with Charlotte Rampling…but looks aren't everything. Still, a good approximation & good performance

  4. @52:45 Marlowe in his voice-over says "…I decided to play dead. I didn't have to be a hell of an actor". This might be an insiders' joke because Robert Mitchum (one of my top favorites ever since the classic film noir OUT OF THE PAST (1947)) is famous for the three letters NAR he used when commenting on certain scripts, meaning: No acting required.
    I enjoyed watching film yet another time although they skipped the entire strand of action with Anne Riordan, who finds him after he has been sapped (and Marriot has been killed). In his encounters with her, Marlowe shows his soft spot thinking to himself on one occasion that her home "would be a nice room to wear slippers in". Imagine that, hard-boiled Marlowe phantazising of a square's life. Yet, he uses sentimental, romantic, and poetic language only in the passages as first-person narrator. On the surface, he remains tough. But he is not cynical, as one can read in a nice little Amazon book titled The American Noir – A Rehabilitation.
    What I did not like – and what Raymond Chandler would not like either – are the shoot-outs and the brothel scenes at Frances Amthor's. In the novel, Amthor is a man anyway. Both of these alterations seem to be concessions to the 1970s zeitgeist, I think.

  5. Not my cup of tea clicked on it by accident but I will thumbs up it because the picture and sound quality are wonderful! Keep up the great uploads and thanks 🙂

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