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George Montgomery played Marlowe in The Brasher Doubloon, a 1947 film adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s novel The High Window. The novel was previously adapted as a Michael Shayne vehicle in Time to Kill (1942), starring Lloyd Nolan as Shayne.

The Brasher Doubloon (Brahm, 1947) 20th Century-Fox

“In transferring the ambience and hard-boiled character of…Chandler’s novel The High Window to the screen, The Brasher Doubloon may not succeed in carrying over the complexity of the novel but it definitely succeeds as a film noir. Visually, the film is filled with moody, low-key images supported by a dense and occasionally threatening background. The script is bland, yet it is filled with the type of dialogue and grotesque characterizations that distinguish the film noir from an ordinary thriller….”

Love these classic thrillers from before I was born. Philip Marlowe’s on a case: his client, a dried-up husk of a woman, wants him to recover a rare gold coin called a Brasher Doubloon, missing from her late husband’s collection. Philip Marlowe, the often imitated but never-bettered hard-boiled private investigator. It is in Marlowe’s long shadow that every fictional detective must stand. The High Window | [Raymond Chandler] #Audible (at On Puget Sound)