So, here's the thing....I don't really like Film Noir. So, naturally, as someone considering adding a film studies major to my plate, I decided to enroll in a class specifically about Film Noir. It's time to get over my distaste, or at least be able to identify the tropes of the genre that ended up influencing films I do like.
Murder, My Sweet was our first screening of something like 15 for the course, and - with genuine surprise - I really enjoyed this film. According to my professor, Dick Powell is just one portrayal of the character Marlowe across several films, but she claims him to be the best (yes, even better than Humphrey Bogart; her argument is that he's too tough for a role in which he gets beat up a lot.) I'll have to investigate the other Marlowes, but I think I agree.
It'll be interesting to try out a Dick Powell musical after this.