The cynical private eye Philip Marlowe is the creation of Raymond Chandler. General Sternwood is a very wealthy man and he summons Marlowe to his home because of a blackmailer. Marlowe gets mixed up in the murder of Arthur Geiger and a gambling-house owner Eddie Mars.
The plot is so complicated and twisting that the screenwriters consulted with Chandler for advice. In the original movie, there was a long scene featuring Detective Bernie Ohis explaining a lot of the plot details but this was eliminated. The dialogue is common for the period but I found it grating and so ridiculous that as an actor in this film, I would not have been able to complete the scenes without hysterical laughing. I might possibly have held up feminist signs in protest also. 3* (This movie is OK)
114 min, Drama directed by Howard Hawks with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Charles D. Brown, Elisha Cook, Jr.
Note: Blockbuster 4*, imdb 8.2 out of 10, 96% critic 90% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.