A successful singer is forced to retire and marry a man she despises. She takes in a pupil to teach and falls in love with him, but - of course - takes no action on her feelings... even ... See full summary »
Quiet young Orfamay Quest from Kansas has hired private detective Philip Marlowe to find her brother. After two leads turn up with ice picks stuck in them, he discovers blackmail photos concerning TV star Mavis Wald. She rejects Marlowe's help, and this is forcibly underlined by her gangster boyfriend. So, wonders Marlowe, is there a link between Orfamay and Mavis?Written by
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When Dolores take Marlowe up to Sonny Steelgraves mountain retreat to meet Mavis Wald, Dolores' convertible has no rear view mirror. After she drops Marlowe off and leaves her car has a rear view mirror. See more »
Even though I've never understood who or why people got killed in this film, and I've seen it many times, I still like this movie a lot. I don't know why really, the plot is murky, it's not particularly atmospheric and it looks a little cheap sometimes with the studio-bound sets.
That most of the actresses in the film resemble one another doesn't help either. Rita Moreno looks like Gayle Hunnicut who looks like Marlowes girlfriend. Orfamay looks like the receptionist Marlowe talks to at her hotel. On top of that Orfamay and Mavis do NOT resemble each other and they are supposed to be sisters!!!!
I'm not a huge fan of James Garner but he's fun to watch. The film has an energy of it's own. The performances are all lively and entertaining. The last fight between the sisters is heartbreaking.
The cool clothes, groovy sixties setting and music add to the charm and I repeatedly watch this film without ever understanding who shot who!
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