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Lady in the Lake (1947)




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Robert Montgomery is the director and star of the film noir mystery Lady in the Lake, adapted for the screen by source novelist Raymond Chandler. Montgomery plays detective Philip Marlowe, a private eye who just wants to publish his own crime stories. Kingsby Publications editor Adrienne Fromsett (Audrey Totter) meets with Marlowe, but offers him a job as a detective instead of a writer. She wants him to find the missing wife of her boss, Mr. Kingsby (Leon Ames). (Adrienne wants them to proceed with their divorce so she can marry Kingsby herself.) Marlowe accepts the job and goes looking for clues at the home of the wife's sometime lover, Chris Lavery (Dick Simmons). When Marlowe gets knocked out and picked up for drunk driving, he decides to drop the case. He is drawn back in, however, when Adrienne suggests that Kingsby's wife is responsible for the murder of a mysterious lady in the lake. Lloyd Nolan and Tom Tully play two police detectives also on the case. Lady in the Lake is remembered as being filmed with a subjective camera -- almost entirely from Marlowe's point of view -- and subsequently hyped by an MGM ad campaign. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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Robert Montgomery
as Philip Marlowe
Audrey Totter
as Adrienne Fromsett
Lloyd Nolan
as Lt. DeGarmot
Tom Tully
as Capt. Kane
Leon Ames
as Derace Kingsby
Jayne Meadows
as Mildred Havelend
Morris Ankrum
as Eugene Grayson
Lila Leeds
as Receptionist
Richard Simmons
as Chris Lavery
Ellen Ross
as Elevator Girl
Kathleen Lockhart
as Mrs. Grayson
Ellay Mort
as Chrystal Kingsby
Ralph Dunn
as Sergeant
Wheaton Chambers
as Property Clerk
Dick Simmons
as Chris Lavery
Jack Davis
as Policeman
John Gallaudet
as Policeman
Thomas Murray
as Policeman
George Magrill
as Policeman
Budd Fine
as Policeman
Robert Spencer
as Marlowe's Double
Eddie Acuff
as Coroner
Nina Ross
as Christmas Party Guest
Charles Bradstreet
as Christmas Party Guest
George Travell
as Christmas Party Guest
William O'Leary
as Christmas Party Guest
Bert Moorhouse
as Christmas Party Guest
Florence Stephens
as Christmas Party Guest
Sandra Morgan
as Christmas Party Guest
Fred Santley
as Christmas Party Guest
Laura Treadwell
as Christmas Party Guest
Kay Wiley
as Christmas Party Guest
Frank Dae
as Christmas Party Guest
David Cavendish
as Christmas Party Guest
Jim Nolan
as Christmas Party Guest
Sherry Hall
as Christmas Party Guest
Ann Lawrence
as Christmas Party Guest
James Nolan
as Party Guest
Roger Cole
as Christmas Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Lady in the Lake

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

completely misinterprets the joys of film noir

June 28, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

...the movie is different, and one can hardly say that Lady in the Lake is anything less than entertaining for most of its running time.

July 15, 2006 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Chandler's story, which might be his finest, somehow comes through this gimmicky filmmaking experiment intact enough though much scathed.

May 14, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Flawed but brilliant experiment by Montgomery using a subjective camera. Extraordinary musical track, too.

December 29, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

The subjective camera gimmick wears thin after a while. Montgomery is too light for Marlowe.

August 15, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

A daring experiment that utterly, utterly failed.

August 13, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Lady in the Lake


Though the fist person point of view may be an annoying gimmick that slows down the plot, it's an interesting excercise with some sequences full of oppresive atmosphere and suspense, for instance when Marlowe discovers the body; also the car chase and the ending.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

This has some great stuff in it, but it's too mediocre to give it really high marks. The POV stuff can be a bit on the boring and uninteresting side, which is why I think it failed a bit for me.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


Tough little noir. The audience POV is a gimmick but not one that ruins the enjoyment of the film, actually what could have been dispensed with was when Montgomery shows up sporadically to provide info for the viewer which would have been better as a voice over. Totter is a great noir heroine, pretty but with a hardness to her features and attitudes that make her perfect for the genre.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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