Farewell, My Lovely  

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Farewell, My Lovely is a 1940 novel by Raymond Chandler, the second novel he wrote featuring Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe. Three movie adaptations have been made, see below.

Film adaptations

Although written after The Big Sleep (1939), Farewell, My Lovely was the first Marlowe story to be filmed. In 1942, The Falcon Takes Over, a 65 minute film, the third in the Falcon series of films revolving around Michael Arlen's gentleman sleuth Gay Lawrence (played by George Sanders), used the plot of Farewell, My Lovely, with Lawrence substituted for Marlowe. Purists agree that fitting the two rather different characters of Marlowe and Lawrence into one seems absurd from today's point of view; however, in 1942 Marlowe was not yet a household word, not yet a fictional character people would immediately recognize, and so at the time many of his habits would not have been known to cinemagoers.

In 1944 Dick Powell played the part of the hard-boiled detective in a classic film noir which was alternatively entitled Murder, My Sweet and Farewell, My Lovely— two years before Humphrey Bogart was offered the role of Philip Marlowe in 1946 for The Big Sleep. Thirty years later, Robert Mitchum starred in a remake of Farewell, My Lovely, again playing the tough private eye.

  1942 B/W movie 1944 B/W movie 1975 movie
Title The Falcon Takes Over Murder, My Sweet Farewell, My Lovely

Directed by Irving Reis Edward Dmytryk Dick Richards
Screenplay by Lynn Root and Frank Fenton John Paxton David Zelag Goodman
Setting New York Los Angeles Los Angeles
Philip Marlowe George Sanders (as "Gay Lawrence") Dick Powell Robert Mitchum
Helen Grayle Helen Gilbert (as "Diana Kenyon") Claire Trevor Charlotte Rampling
Moose Malloy Ward Bond Mike Mazurki Jack O'Halloran
Mr. Grayle --- Miles Mander Jim Thompson
Lindsay Marriott Hans Conried Douglas Walton John O'Leary

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