The Marlowe Files: The Simple Art of MURDER, MY SWEET

From the 1930s through the 1950s, Raymond Chandler was the definitive voice of the American crime genre. His work in literature would go on to influence the the golden age of crime films, shaping film noir. The Marlowe Files is a monthly series looking at Chandler’s novels and film adaptations starring his famous detective Philip Marlowe. This month, we look a 1944’s MURDER, MY SWEET through Chandler’s own essay “The Simple Art of Murder.”

MURDER, MY SWEET is the first true Philip Marlowe adaptation. Before this film, two Marlowe novels were retrofitted as sequels in two different film series. In these films, Michael Shayne and The Falcon replaced Philip Marlowe. Director Edward Dmytryk would be the first person to give Marlowe cinematic life.

The film is an adaptation of Chandler’s “Farewell, My Lovely,” the

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