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Tough-guy slang shtick way overdone
The trouble with this picture is Montgomery. His incessant tough-guy attitude, his anger, his acerbic tone, the incessant insults, they all just weigh a ton. It's all over-done in a way that isn't the case in The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. Bogart's tough talk in those pictures is leavened by humor and wit. This picture is sorely lacking in those qualities. Here, the world-weary gumshoe shtick descends into bad caricature. Too bad because Robert Montgomery seems like a great guy and was so good in Ford's magnificent They Were Expendable.
I loved this movie. One of my two favorite film noirs, the other being The Blue Dahlia. I see a number of reviewers here didn't like it, so maybe the thing to do is to give the first 20 minutes a chance to see if its your kind of thing. Maybe the unusual filming (from the main character's pov) was an issue for some with getting into the movie. I got used to it quickly, and thought the way Montgomery did it was very well done and creative. We see things from his eyes as he talks or narrates, and occasionally get glimpses of him in mirrors. I don't know how they pulled that off so well- there were moments when I wondered how exactly they were getting such perfect shots! The cast was good, and I especially liked Audrey Totter and her storyline. I wasn't quite sure at the beginning if she would end up being a good or bad guy, and it was nice to see her character development. I did know who the murderer was in his/her first scene, thanks to Roger Ebert's useful Law of the Economy of Characters, which has served me well (or poorly, according to your point of view) in murder mysteries. In the end, the complicated mystery was resolved and everything worked out, so it's a fun time spent with a classic film noir.
- don letta
In 1947 two directors embarked on their own voyage of discovery. One was Montgomery,the other one was Hitchcock. They each created a unique method of filming a story.One film read as a series of auditions strung together by a trite plot, and came off as self-conscious and tiresome.The other was a masterstroke that's still being heralded as a masterpiece, today. That one is Rope.Lady, unfortunately drowned of its own weight.
I had seen it beFore. Liked it. Liked more now because I watched it with my hubby. He really got into the complexity of the storyline. How it was filmed did not distract him at all. Audrey totter was the best. Jayne meadows was a surprise as the murderer. Finally, I always liked Lloyd nolan. Film noir is always so gritty but I like that there is a desire by the characters to do right thing. Being a good guy is important.
disappointing, interesting attempt
I found the restricted point of view intriguing at first, but then almost intolerable. Kept thinking, get on with it! Interesting performance by Audrey Totter, surely one of her best, even if somewhat obvious. It seems to be overlooked by many. She isn't one of my favorites but in this she certainly contributed to whatever there is of the mystery & suspense.
LADY IN THE LAKE WAS AWESOME!
I just got done watching this move - and it was truly awesome. The camera movement was different becauseIt was as if I was Phillip Marlowe in the movie.Brilliant acting - a great script.I highly recommend this movie for all to see.
Montgomery A Real Hero
- Jack The Hat
The film it's self was awful, Robert Montgomery just doesn't have that look a movie private detective should have. But, what most do not know, Robert montgomery was a real hero, not only for his naval record but his taken on organized crime in Hollywood and also the communist there too. There should be a movie on his life----the left in Hollywood though would never allow this, I'm sorry to say.
I wanted to love it, but ...
- Johnny Perry
I love film noir - really love it. And I wanted to love this picture. However, I didn't.I like Robert Montgomery, but this is so obviously a vanity project for him to show moviegoers how inventive he could be. Unfortunately, the subjective camerawork gets tedious very fast and actually distracts from the narrative. (Bottom line: Try as I might, I've never been able to watch this straight through.)
If someone had told me how this was done, I wouldn't have checked it out, but watched without knowing because of an interest in detective stories. At first, I found the approach kind of irritating, but came along. Most actors were fairly natural with it, a few seemed to be talking to a camera instead of the detec. Robert Montgomery gets points for novelty and the film for overall interest. Audrey Totter grew on me as it went along. I kept waiting for her to miss a beat in that stylized attitude in the office especially, but she didn't. It was interesting and probably not easy to do. Leon Ames is a strong character actor, who holds up his end throughout, maybe the most natural with the technique. Montgomery seemed to be talking at people instead of to them. Whatever they intended with that, it didn't seem to come off - the deadpan kind of thing. It needed some more practice, but they probably didn't try again with bad reviews nipping at their heels. This seems too unique to compare with other noirs, Marlowes, etc. It would probably help to watch several more times.
I loved this movie. I found it entertaining on many levels. Sure old cliches, corny detective phrases, bring it on! And a warm romantic story underneath. Yes it was corny, but I love old stories like this. Bravo!
The Lady In The Lake
- Rob Woods
TERRIBLE! Poor Mr. Chandler. Robert Montgomery (who also directs himself) works from a butchered script and it doesn't even seem as though he (or the script supervisors) has ever read the book.Do yourself a favour and read the book AFTER you've wasted 103 minutes in front of this yawner.
Lady in the lake
**** Love this one. Excellent camera work. Saw this one many times but still can't look away when it is on.
- Abdiel Alvaro Lara
This film is so extraordinary in the most obvious way, the way the majority of the film was shot in first person. From the movies I have seen, I have never seen this way of story telling before, and it absolutely took nothing away the whole, i think it made the film that much more dramatic. I felt as if I was the detective at some points in the story. Also, the scenes where the actors were looking straight at the camera I felt as if they were talking right at me, the effect of the first person angle has so much power. I loved every second of this film. I highly recommend this film to anyone with a taste for adventure and suspense.-Abdiel
Lady in the Lake (1947)
- James Higgins
85/100. Underrated classic, very innovative and exciting. It uses the very unique technique of using the camera as the eyes of detective Marlowe in this fine adaptation of the Raymond Chandler novel. Robert Montgomery directed it and did a wonderfully imaginative job. Excellent support from Audrey Totter and Audrey Meadows. Excellent cinematography.
- Martin Nathan
I saw this movie a few years, and was very intrigued by Audrey Totter, a rather unique actress. I had never heard of her before. She seems to have been fairly popular in the mid to late 40s, then faded. She was even on the show Medical Center in the early 70s, which I wathed but don't remember her.
Saw only half of the movie
- Scott Ruiz
Are you expecting to show "Lady in the lake " again anytime soon. I happened to see only the last part of the movie when it last aired several months ago and I have been hoping that it would air again. Any chance that it will be aired again?
As we were watching that scene my wife commented she thought that was a Renoir hanging on the wall. She had no idea you had posted this question. I hope you've been checking back-it's been over a year.
I am looking for information on this film
- tracy vizcarra
I would like to know the artist name of the painting over the fire place in the womans apt. The painting is of a woman with a paracell. Lookes like a french woman?(IN a red dress). I would love to receive the info.