Cinema: Soft-Boiled

FAREWELL, MY LOVELY

Directed by DICK RICHARDS

Screenplay by DAVID ZELAG GOODMAN

This is the sort of private-eye period piece that means to do honor to the traditions of Raymond Chandler and the hard-boiled melodrama. But through its own dim eagerness it ends up making a mockery of them. How can anyone take such an enterprise seriously, after all, when the detective runs around in a trench coat six inches too short and 25 years too new for him?

Style and hemline are more pertinent than they should be to Farewell, My Lovely because Director Dick Richards (Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins) seems...

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