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Monday, March 27, 2006

The film was easily shot by former "B" film director Edward Dmytryk and was considered a sure winner when released as "Farewell, My Lovely". When initial openings in New England and Minnesota played to basically empty houses, it was decided to change the title to "Murder, My Sweet" as test audiences figured that the original title meant that it was just another Dick Powell musical. The change in title worked and theaters became packed ending all speculation that Dick Powell would ever be in another musical. He was the new screen tough guy!
"Murder, My Sweet" was important in establishing the film noir style. Although "The Maltese Falcon" and "Double Indemnity" went a long way in establishing the style with its dark tones, shady characters, and a violent world, "Murder, My Sweet" was essentially the first film to tie these elements together.
"Farewell, My Lovely" was successfully re-made in 1975 under its original name with Robert Mitchum playing Philip Marlowe. As for Dick Powell, he went on to success in various roles in the movies and on television. Later he was successful in the production end of the business and produced "The Dick Powell Theater" for television from 1959-1961. Powell was married for many years to actress June Allyson when he died in 1963 at the age of 59. Comments?:

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