The New Pictures, Dec. 18, 1944

Farewell, My Lovely (RKO-Radlo) is as good a piece of melodramatic 20-minute-egg sentimentality as the famous Double Indemnity (TIME, July 10). In some ways it is even more likable, for though it is far less tidy, it is more vigorous and less slick, more resourcefully photographed, and even more successfully cast.

The picture has one glaring fault: it is far too fond of reproducing, by direct quotation, samples of the worst of the careful but uneven prose in which Raymond Chandler wrote the original thriller. Aside from that it handles Chandler's extremely cinemadaptable...

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