For the umpteenth time, I tried to watch the Robert Montgomery directed “The Lady in the Lake,” and started getting lost as Chandler piles on character after character, many which are never actually seen in the film. So I tried a new strategy with this film. I got the Chandler novel and experienced them side-by-side, reading 50 pages or so, then watching the film for those pages, and then advancing day-by-day another 50 pages. Both this novel and the film are excellent examples of the classic noir developed in these days by the best of the authors, this one being Chandler and the other great noir author, Dashiell Hammett. There was just so much great dialog, with a lot of people lying to each other about their experiences or motives. It’s fun experiencing the hard-boiled dialog, both in the book and in the film.
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