The New Pictures, Jan. 27, 1947

Lady in the Lake (MGM) is an amusing cops-&-killer chase, based on Raymond Chandler's hard-breathing novel. As both director and star, ex-Commander Robert Montgomery plays Chandler's famed private detective, amoral Phillip Marlowe,* and also polishes off his first major directing job with dash and considerable imagination.

The story is as breathlessly helter-skelter as most Chandler yarns. Unlike most, it strews only a modest number of red herrings and thus makes reasonable sense at the fadeout. Detective Montgomery is hired by a glamorous crime-fiction editor (Audrey Totter) to track down the missing wife of...

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