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"Philip Marlowe rides again, in this touchstone film noir that set the standard for depictions of Raymond Chandler's ethical-cynical private detective. Dick Powell pulled off the biggest star persona makeover of the decade, dishing out the hardboiled Chandler patter like he been talking that way since Kindergarten."

"Philip Marlowe rides again, in this touchstone film noir that set the standard for depictions of Raymond Chandler's ethical-cynical private detective. Dick Powell pulled off the biggest star persona makeover of the decade, dishing out the hardboiled Chandler patter like he been talking that way since Kindergarten."

Dick Powell and Ann Shirley in Murder My Sweet. "She had a face like a Sunday School picnic"

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Murder My Sweet Dick Powell Ann Shirley "She had a face like a Sunday School picnic"

"The Big Sleep" 1946: "is known for its convoluted plot. While working on the script, writers William Faulkner and Leigh Brackett couldn't figure out from the novel who murdered a particular character. So they phoned Raymond Chandler, who angrily told them the answer was right there in the book. They shrugged and returned to their work. Chandler soon phoned to say that he looked at the book himself and couldn't figure out who killed the character, so he left it up to them to decide.

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Sonia Darren and Louis Jean Heydt, The Big Sleep -

"Philip Marlowe rides again, in this touchstone film noir that set the standard for depictions of Raymond Chandler's ethical-cynical private detective. Dick Powell pulled off the biggest star persona makeover of the decade, dishing out the hardboiled Chandler patter like he been talking that way since Kindergarten."

"Philip Marlowe rides again, in this touchstone film noir that set the standard for depictions of Raymond Chandler's ethical-cynical private detective. Dick Powell pulled off the biggest star persona makeover of the decade, dishing out the hardboiled Chandler patter like he been talking that way since Kindergarten."

Director Robert Altman's take on Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe in "The Long Goodbye". Elliot Gould, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell, Henry Gibson, and even Jim Bouton are all terrific.

US one sheet for THE LONG GOODBYE (Robert Altman, USA, Designer: Richard Amsel Poster source: Heritage Auctions Read all about how this poster was shelved after a lackluster opening and the film’s campaign completely redesigned for.

This is a gorgeous arrangement I made. I made two of them to decorate the chapel with when he received his Eagle Scout Award.

This is a gorgeous arrangement I made. I made two of them to decorate the chapel with when he received his Eagle Scout Award.

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in a publicity photo for Dark Passage  (Delmer Daves, 1947)

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the big sleep | John Pym , Monthly Film Bulletin , October 1978

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Lana Turner and John Garfield in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

I actually like this kind of swimming suits. John Garfield & Lana Turner in "The Postman Always Rings Twice," 1946

"The Postman Always Rings Twice" -  1946 |  is film noir at its very best.  Lana Turner and John Garfield

Lana Turner and John Garfield in The Postman always rings twice directed by Tay Garnett, 1946

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