Farewell My Lovely, was a great rendering of Chandler's mean streets. I personally liked Try the Girl, the novelette that appeared in Black Mask in 1937. The street is somehow meaner and the writing funnier than the adaptation when it was combined with The Man Who Liked Dogs, and Mandarin's Jade to make Farewell my Lovely.
Killer in the Rain is also better than The Big Sleep.
In actuality, putting the rich style of Chandler in any movie format is difficult. When you think about the detail in each novel versus what ends up on the screen (after having most of the guts cut away for 40's film goers), I think we are lucky to have what is left.
I still like Lady in the Lake best, but will say Dick Powell (in what I believe was his FIRST serious role "Farewell, My Lovely) was quite believable as Marlowe and the show was just gritty enough to make me believe it. The Long Goodbye which I believe was directed by Robert Aldrich starring Elliot Gould wasn't half bad either.
I am a filmmaker in L.A. (isn't everyone here?) writing a detective script.
I am a huge fan of Chandler, especially Marlowe. Marlowe was a foolish romantic and a cunning sleuth, an idealist, but also tough as nails and with a wry sense of humor... His character is unparallelled in American literature.
Anyway, I am curious to know how Chandler lovers would feel about me "stealing" the essence of his writing, or at least trying to... I cannot afford to buy the rights to any of his books, although I would love to make The Little Sister into a film.
I am going to make a film that is, in a sense, inspired by Chandler's stories, in homage to them. It will be contemporary, taking place in L.A., San Francisco, and maybe even Sacramento, but with an old-style classic detective like Marlowe, and with the kind of mythical, larger-than-life characters that populate Chandler's gritty streets. And. I hope, a mystery that keeps you guessing to the end.
By the way, I just saw the reissue of The Big Sleep, a great fim, with a number of never-before-seen scenes in it. It's certainly worth a look if it comes to a theater near you.
So, I welcome any thoughts about the sanctity of Chandler's writing, what the film needs to get right, scenes you'd like to see, etc. In truth, I'm trying to use the thoughts of true Marlowe lovers to make the film the best it can be.
Also, I must disagree with anyone who thinks Lady in the Lake is a good film. The subjective camera is silly, and dumbs down Chandler's brilliance. A complete waste of time.
And another thing, my PI's name. How about Stanley Barrow? Oliver Carrick? Peter Rawley? He's gotta have a last name that works as a first, ie. Marlowe. How about Mullinger? Grimsby? Falkirk? Dresden?
That's all for now. Thanks.
Darin Fenn -- you capture my imagination with your idea of making The Little Sister into what I hope is a very credible film. It is my very favorite Chandler novel; the plot is as convoluted as an Ellroy outing. Do it justice with just the right amount of 40s noir and 70s Chinatown and 80s Body Heat. It is a story not soon forgotten and speaks much about the loss of innocence in a post-WWII America.
Yes, Dick Powell made his first serious role in '44 as Marlowe. He was previously a dandy sort of crooner, like Fred Astaire but without the dancing.
The studio was afraid of the title, Farewell, My Lovely - thinking it sounded like a romantic story - so they changed the name of the film to "Murder, My Sweet." It was directed beautifully by Ed Dmytrick.
I especially like the way Marlowe always sniffs his cigarettes before smoking them.
For modern purposes, Darrin, Philip Marlowe was a knight. A Kirkegaard Knight rather than of the Round Table, although by his chosen profession he is almost of that prestigious clan.
I like your name. It's a good name for a mystery writer.
THE LITTLE SISTER was filmed in 1968. It was called MARLOWE and starred James Garner. Not too badly done as I remember, don't let that deter you from making another version however.
I liked LADY IN THE LAKE but your in good company in disliking it. Chandler hated it.
Murder My Sweet I have a personal recollection of Mike Mazurki who played Moose Malloy in that movie. In 1947 I worked in a junior (very!) capacity for Twentieth Century Fox in their London office. They were filming Night And The City on location there. Mike Mazurki used to drop into the office to flirt with the girls during breaks in filming. Seemed a very pleasant, amiable sort. He was not exactly the dim witted thug he usually portrayed in movies. In 1930 he graduated from Manhattan college, top of his class with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Incidentally Night In The City is well worth seeing if you havn't seen it already. Make sure you get the 1950 version with Richard Widmark. The 1992 remake with Robert de Niro was the pits.