Murder, My Sweet (1944) – Edward Dmytryk

Dick Powell doesn’t quite have the narration patter down of a hard-boiled private investigator, especially not for the one he’s playing, Philip Marlowe, still, this is a great little film-noir bringing another incarnation of Raymond Chandler’s iconic character to the silver screen. And he handles the actual dialogue with his co-stars well, it’s just the…

Magnum, p.i. (1986) – Death of the Flowers and Autumn Warrior

  It’s that time of week again! First up this week is Death of the Flowers which originally aired 10 December, 1986, and was written by Mary Ann Kasica and Micheal Scheff. While Rick (Larry Manetti) plans a birthday for Ice Pick (Elisha Cook Jr.), Thomas (Tom Selleck) helps Carol (Kathleen Lloyd) investigate her mentor,…

Farewell My Lovely (1975) – Dick Richards

Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, Harry Dean Stanton, Jack O’Halloran, Anthony Zerbe and even Sylvester Stallone are all featured in this 1970s adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s novel; the next recommendation from The Big Sleep in the Great Movies -100 Years of Film book. Mitchum plays Phillip Marlowe, who is hired by hulking brute Moose Malloy (O’Halloran)…

The Big Sleep (1946) – Howard Hawks

The first title in the Crime and Thriller chapter of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is this wonderful classic based on Raymond Chandler’s book, adapted by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman, it is directed by Howard Hawks and features Humphrey Bogart as Chandler’s hardboiled detective Phillip Marlowe. The dialogue,…

Double Indemnity (1944) – Billy Wilder

  Billy Wilder’s classic film noir starring Fred MacMurray Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson continues to captivate, and I was happy to revisit it as one of the recommendations following my screening of Greed for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Wilder developed the script with Raymond Chandler and the result…

Tim’s Top Ten Detectives

People seem to love lists. We love to see how our favorites stack up against someone else’s, or maybe learn about a title or character or book in a genre we like that we had never heard of before. Today, it popped into my head that I wondered what my favorite all-time detectives were. To…