The Brasher Doubloon

The Brasher Doubloon

George Montgomery
Director: John Brahm Cast: George Montgomery
George Montgomery
, Nancy Guild
Nancy Guild
, Conrad Janis
Conrad Janis
John Brahm

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Raymond Chandler's famed detective Philip Marlowe (George Montgomery) is hired by a rich, eccentric widow, Mrs. Murdock (Florence Bates) to find and return a stolen gold coin. Marlowe quickly finds himself involved an a case which includes robbery, blackmail and murder. Just as Marlowe begins to solve the mystery, he is savagely beaten by Vannier (Fritz Kortner). Marlowe finally puts all the pieces of the puzzle together when he discovers a blackmail scheme involving Murdock's mentally-ill secretary, Merle Davis (Nancy Guild) which leads him to suspect his employer. The Brasher Doubloon, adapted from Chandler's novel, The High Window, and beautifully photographed by Lloyd Ahern captures a proper film noir sensibility with its moody, low-key images and dense, dark background shots, while failing to capture the complexity of the novel. Director John Brahm, who also directed the excellent films The Lodger and Hangover Square, is disappointing, failing to create the depth of characterization and plot which he showed in these films. The Brasher Doubloon remains bland, with undistinguished acting by the entire cast. The only exception is Fritz Kortner, a veteran character actor molded in the expressionist cinema of pre-war Berlin, who creates the grotesque character of Vannier, bringing a sense of evil vitality to an otherwise bland production.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/2012
UPC: 0024543857136
Original Release: 1947
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:12:00
Sales rank: 25,649

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Montgomery Philip Marlowe
Nancy Guild Merle Davis
Conrad Janis Leslie Murdock
Roy Roberts Lieutenant Breeze
Fritz Kortner Vannier
Florence Bates Mrs. Murdock
Marvin Miller Blaire
Houseley Stevenson Morningstar
Bob Adler Sgt. Spangler
Jack Conrad George Anson
Alfred Linder Eddie Prue
Jack Overman Manager
Jack Stoney Mike
Ray Spiker Figaro
Paul Maxey Coroner
Ben Erway Shaw
Edward Gargan Truck Driver
Reed Hadley Dr. Moss

Technical Credits
John Brahm Director
Lloyd Ahern Cinematographer
James Basevi Art Director
Robert Bassler Producer
Eleanor Behm Costumes/Costume Designer
Dorothy Bennett Screenwriter
David Buttolph Score Composer
Dorothy Hannah Screenwriter
Frank E. Hughes Set Decoration/Design
Richard Irvine Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Alfred Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Leonard Praskins Screenwriter
Harry Reynolds Editor
Fred Sersen Special Effects

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