Daily Dose of Darkness #6: Business is Getting Better (Scene from Murder, My Sweet) in Summer of Darkness: Investigating Film Noir Posted June 10, 2015 I must say that digesting these daily doses of film noir are quite beneficial to me. Sometimes I see something new, and other times I see something I’ve seen before, but now I see it in a new light. In Edward Dmytryk’s ‘Murder, My Sweet’, we see how Dick Powell, in the role of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, a role perhaps more familiarly associated with Humphrey Bogart in John Huston’s ‘The Maltese Falcon’. Compared to Bogart’s Marlowe, Powell’s character seems to handle the complexity of Chandler’s character with graceful ease. Although that is not to malign Bogie’s performance, but Powell gives Marlowe a side which shows us the gracefulness, light-heartedness, and wit, which sits opposite the cold and cynical, hard-boiled private detective stereotype. Certainly this more multidimensional type of character fits well into the milieu of film noir. I might also be so bold as to suggest that Dick Powell’s portrayal of Philip Marlowe paved the way for other complex characters who seem to play ‘both sides of the street’, like the character Raymond Reddington, played by James Spader in NBC TV’s ‘The Blacklist’.