"YOU accept an invitation to a blonde's apartment! YOU get socked in the jaw by a murder suspect!" That's how ads promoted this inventive if not entirely successful film noir, the first to employ a subjective camera. Under star Montgomery's direction, the viewer is in the film, so to
speak, with all the action and characters addressing the camera, which tells the story from the point of view of Raymond Chandler's incorruptible private eye, Philip Marlowe.
The film opens as Marlowe begins to relate the "Lady in the Lake" caper. The subjective camera takes over, the story unfolding in flashback. Tired of sleuthing for a living, Marlowe has taken up writing and pro...