This photograph is a real photo chemical created picture (vintage, from the Hollywood studio release) and not a copy or reproduction. Raymond Chandler's famed detective Philip Marlowe (George Montgomery) is hired by a rich, eccentric widow, Mrs. Murdock (Florence Bates) to find and return a stolen gold coin. Marlowe quickly finds himself involved an a case which includes robbery, blackmail and murder.Just as Marlowe begins to solve the mystery, he is savagely beaten by Vannier (Fritz Kortner). Marlowe finally puts all the pieces of the puzzle together when he discovers a blackmail scheme involving Murdock's mentally-ill secretary, Merle Davis (Nancy Guild) which leads him to suspect his employer. The Brasher Doubloon, adapted from Chandler's novel, The High Window, and beautifully photographed by Lloyd Ahern captures a proper film noir sensibility with its moody, low-key images and dense, dark background shots, while failing to capture the complexity of the novel. Director John Brahm, who also directed the excellent films The Lodger and Hangover Square, is disappointing, failing to create the depth of characterization and plot which he showed in these films. The Brasher Doubloon remains bland, with undistinguished acting by the entire cast. The only exception is Fritz Kortner, a veteran character actor molded in the expressionist cinema of pre-war Berlin, who creates the grotesque character of Vannier, bringing a sense of evil vitality to an otherwise bland production. This still is in Near MINT condition (old yes, but only a small 1/3 tear in the top border distracts it from being pristine). Finally, this is a vintage original. This is NOT a cheap digital dupe, a re-release or copy, it is a real vintage photograph made the year of the release of the film. All of my items are unconditionally guaranteed. This is Larry41, wishing you great movie memories and good luck. BACKGROUND: Mysterious, Moody Mansions, juicy but unexpected villains, great characters, especially Florence Bates as the mother of the'Poor little Rich Boy', played by youthful fresh-faced and very talented Conrad Janis, whose'Peck's Bad Boy act', contrasted with his boyish charm, makes you not want him to be part of his mother's dark machinations, and murderous plot to drive poor Nancy Guild over the edge into madness. Nancy Guild's name may not have been as powerful a draw as Lauren Bacall's, or other sultry Film Noir Stars, and George Montgomery may not have had the'gravitas' Humphrey Bogart so easily exuded, but together this movie is as thrilling these many years later, as our memories are of the more famous Film Noirs of the time. It is not a white knuckle ride, but it is insidiously unnerving, taut,'shivery' and darkly sensual, and represents a classic style of filming which is layered with conventional ploys of the era in which it was created, but frankly so much more satisfying that most of today's lukewarm fare. Three cheers or 20 for this fun whodunit. Almost all the reviewers of the Brasher Doubloon have complained that George Montgomery was no Bogart or Powell. Would this film had been better with either of them playing the iconic Philip Marlowe? And while you're at it, it would have been better with Lauren Bacall as the femme fatale and Peter Lorre as the villain, etc. Get over it, not every classic film can have a Hall of Fame cast. Many movies with'B' stars were very entertaining -- and the Brasher Doubloon is a good example.
Watch the film with fresh eyes, pretend this is NOT Raymond Chandler's Marlowe and I think you'll enjoy it more. In this film, Marlowe is younger, handsomer and more suave.
The script, which many also complained about, suits the persona of the debonair George Montgomery better than the more cynical lines given Bogart and Powell. The main actors did a good job with their portrayals, the plot keeps you guessing with some good twists, the photography is great, the outdoor locations perfect. The item "Audrey HEPBURN close-up portrait still BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS (1961) #7 origMINT" is in sale since Saturday, April 13, 2019. This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Photographs\1960-69\Black & White". The seller is "larry41" and is located in Culpeper, Virginia.
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