Dick Powell Reinvented Himself Playing Detective Philip Marlowe
Murder, My Sweet is a masterful early film noir, a brilliant mix of convoluted plot, hard-boiled dialogue, nightmarish atmosphere, and comically cynical narration.
This is the 1944 movie in which Dick Powell reinvented himself. With it, Powell forever buried his screen image of an overgrown crooner — one built in frothy Warners musicals of the 1930s.
Dick Powell did it by convincing a dubious world he could play a hardened, complex tough-guy detective.