Farewell, My Lovely

Synopsis: This, the second adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel, is much closer to the source text than the original - Murder, My Sweet (1944), which tended to avoid some of the sleazier parts of the plot - but still concerns private eye Philip Marlowe's attempts to locate Velma, a former dancer at a seedy nightclub and the girlfriend of Moose Malloy, a petty criminal just out of prison. Marlowe finds that once he has taken the case, events conspire to put him in dangerous situations, and he is forced to follow a confusing trail of untruths and double-crosses before he is able to locate Velma.
Director(s): Dick Richards
Production: AVCO Embassy Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

'This spring was the first I felt

tired, and realised I was ageing.

'Maybe it was the rotten weather

we'd had,

'or the rotten cases I'd had -

mostly chasing missing husbands

'and then their wives

once I'd found them, to get paid.

'Or maybe it was just the plain fact

that I am tired and growing old.

'The only real pleasure

I'd had at all

'was following Joe DiMaggio

of the New York Yankees.

'Well, it's the middle of July now

and things are worse than in spring.

'In the spring, I wasn't holed up in

a dingy hotel ducking the police.'


Let me have Richmond 4421, please.

Lieutenant Nulty, please.


I'm at the Casa Marina, room 502.

Is Moose there?

Come alone.

- I asked if Moose was there.

- And I said come alone.

Two more murders.

That's a total of seven.

Do you know where Marlowe is?

Casa Marina.

He asked me to come alone.

That's not a good idea.

Now, you understand why

we want him brought in, don't you?

Yes, Commissioner.


Wait here.

- How long?

- Until you make Lieutenant.

(Police siren )


- Yeah?

- It's Snow White.

- With or without the dwarfs?

- Without.

Come on in.

Malloy with you?

Relax. There's nowhere

he could hide, under the bed or...

This case has busted wide open

and you're the patsy.

- I wanna tell you...

- It won't change anything.

You gonna listen or aren't you?

Sit down, will you?

Sit down!

I was working on a $25-a-day breeze,

looking for a 15-year-old runaway

from Carmel -

an honours student, majoring in men.

She had all ''A's'',

none of them on a report card.

She had only one other interest -


# It seems to me

I've heard that song before

# It's from an old familiar score

# I know it well...

# It's funny how a theme

recalls a favourite dream

# A dream...#

You know, you remind me of Harry.

You're very much like Harry.

The same type - strong and silent.

I used to dance

with Harry like this.

I may not be the most

beautiful girl...

but I could make a man as happy...

Really upset when it ended,

but I got over it.

- What did you say your name was?

- Harry.

My parents sent you, didn't they?

I'm not going.

Look, do you want to dance your way

out, walk out, or be carried out?

Makes no difference to me.

(Tram bells)

(Music continues in distance )

Do you realise

we missed a dinner party

to drive here

from Carmel to get you?

Can't you settle that on the way?

There's the matter of $25

plus $5 in expenses.

Pay him, Charles.

And give him a tip.

I don't accept tips

for finding kids.

Pets, yes -

$5 for dogs, $10 for elephants...

Thank you.

Get in the car.

(Thump and groan )

Next time she runs away,

get somebody else.

(Deep sigh)

'I was tryin' to stabilise

below the belt

'when this guy the size of the

Statue of Liberty walks up to me.'

What are you, a cop?

No, I'm your fairy godmother.

'I started to walk away...'

Private dick, huh?

'when a hand I could have sat in

took hold of my shoulder.'

What's your name?

Marlowe, what's yours?

- Moose Malloy.

- Get down!

'He didn't bat an eye.

Fear wasn't built into his frame.'

I want you to work for me.

You want me to find the guys

who were tryin' to shoot you?

I want you to find my Velma.

I ain't seen her in seven years.

She ain't wrote in six.

Where the hell have you been

for seven years?

In the can.

The Great Bend bank robbery?

Eighty grand?

I did it solo.

Ain't that somethin'?


I want you to find my Velma.

Look, man,

that's a long time not to hear.

- She'll have a reason.

- Sure.

Why the hell

were they shootin' at you?

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David Zelag Goodman

David Zelag Goodman was a playwright and screenwriter for both TV and film. His most prolific period was from the 1960s to the early 1980s. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Lovers and Other Strangers, though he did not win. more…

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