The Brasher Doubloon

Synopsis: Philip Marlowe is hired when a rare doubloon is stolen, and he soon discovers that it is being used for blackmail purposes. Marlowe's involvement has him encounter a girl who goes into hysterics when touched by a man; a domineering mother; three corpses; a couple of scuffles in which he gets his clock cleaned; a secretary who killed her boss, which is the reason Raymond Chandler called his story "The High Window", and a rich boy (who qualifies as a S.O.B. by two definitions) who is having trouble with the Mafia. So, what's not to like.
Director(s): John Brahm
Production: MGM
 
IMDB:
6.6
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Year:
1947
72 min
54 Views


I was sore at myself with coming all the

way out to Pasadena on a day like that...

just to see about a case.

And how I hate summer winds.

They come in suddenly

off the Mojave Desert

and you can taste sand for a week.

I knew it was the voice of the girl

on the phone that had got me.

And I was reminding myself how often

your ears play a dirty trick on your eyes.

But this time, there was no let-down.

Mr Marlowe?

Yes.

I was so terribly glad

you could come.

Well I'm beginning to feel

better about it myself.

Well, just having you here makes me sure

everything's going to be alright.

You have even more confidence

in my ability than I have.

Where'd you hear about me?

Oh... I didn't. I picked your name

out of the phone book.

Well I'm usually not so lucky.

Oh, neither am I, Mrs Murdock.

Oh I'm not Mrs Murdock,

I'm Miss Davis, her secretary.

I hope you're not disappointed.

I'm disappointed

you're not my client.

But, the 'Miss' makes up for it.

I'll tell Mrs Murdock you're here.

But first I'd better tell you

a little bit about her.

Oh sure... by all means.

I'm in no rush.

You may find her a little difficult

and rather eccentric.

Yeah?... Do you?

Oh no... I understand her.

But there are people who don't.

They don't know the trouble

she's had, Mr Marlowe.

They don't realise how wonderful

and generous she is underneath.

I see.

What does she want

a private detective for?

I think she's prefer

to tell you that herself.

I just wanted to make sure

you didn't judge her too harshly.

There's something I'd like

to make sure of, too.

Are you around here all the time?

I mean... if I take the case,

will I see you?

That should depend on you, Mr Marlowe.

You look like a man of initiative.

What's he here for.

Why has she sent for a detective?

I'm sorry, but I can't

tell you that, Leslie.

Your mother wouldn't like it.

I have a right to know...

Tell me!

Leslie, don't! Let me go, please!

You're Marlowe, aren't you?

I've just seen my mother...

I'm afraid we've put you to some

slight trouble for nothing.

She's decided not to employ you,

or anybody, for that matter.

How much do we owe you?

Nothing, Mr Murdock.

Mrs Murdock will see you now.

Thanks.

You must've forgotten to tell your mother

she didn't want to see me!

It's right in there.

Good morning.

Good morning Mr Marlowe.

Sit in that chair, please.

And don't light that cigarette...

I'm asthmatic.

My doctor prescribes port

for my asthma.

Since it's a medicine,

I'm not offering you any.

That's alright...

Now what's your trouble.

Something's been taken from this house,

and I want it back.

Why don't you go to the police?

Because I don't wish

anyone arrested.

You know who took it?

Yes I do, but I don't intend

to tell you.

Well, before we go any further,

perhaps I better tell you...

Your son tried to get rid of me

just now.

Why?

I'm not interested in discussing

my son's motives with you, Mr Marlowe.

Have it your way.

What's been taken?

A coin. A rare gold coin

called the Brasher Doubloon.

- The what?

- The Brasher Doubloon.

It's a collector's item,

worth at least $10,000.

Probably more.

It's a mint specimen. There are only

two of them in the whole country.

The Smithsonian Institute has the other.

Where was it taken from?

From that safe in there.

- May I see inside it?

- Merle!

Who, beside yourself

has the combination?

Only my secretary, Miss Davis,

and my son.

- Yes, Mrs Murdock?

- Open the safe for Mr Marlowe.

You're a coin collector,

Mrs Murdock?

My late husband was.

Merle, bring me the tray from which

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