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Actress Esther Howard as Jessie Florian in the great 1944 film noir

Actress Esther Howard as Jessie Florian in the great 1944 film noir

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Actress Esther Howard as Jessie Florian in the great 1944 film noir “Murder, My

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Mrs. Florian (Esther) is wary of Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) in 1944's “Murder, My Sweet”. Esther Howard closed out her film ...

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Esther Howard (1892-1965) graced the screen in over 100 appearances, but it's her work in the shadowy world of film noir for which she's best remembered.

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Its rapid-fire dialog, great sight gags, and satirical skewering of Hollywood makes it a must-see for film fans.

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Actress Esther Howard as Jessie Florian in the great 1944 film noir “Murder, My Sweet.” Our introduction to Jessie Florian is given to us by Phili…

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Another standout is Esther Howard's performance as lonely boozehound Jessie Florian, a blowsy old broad who pickles herself in whiskey every night.

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MURDER, MY SWEET would be the final film to feature Anne Shirley, who retired from acting at the age of 26.

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Actress Esther Howard as Jessie Florian in the great 1944 film noir “Murder, My Sweet.” Our introduction to Jessie Florian is given to us by Phili…

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At the time of this writing, I have evaluated over 50 film noirs in this blog. That I only now am getting to the very influential MURDER, MY SWEET seems ...

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Actress Esther Howard as Jessie Florian in the great 1944 film noir “Murder, My Sweet.” Our introduction to Jessie Florian is given to us by Phili…

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Dick Powell rewrote the rules of his public persona in director, Edward Dmytryk's Murder, My Sweet (1944), a loose, and yet faithful, adaptation of Raymond ...

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Dmytryk took the chance and his gamble paid off handsomely. Murder was a success though Powell's casting took many by surprise. It gave Powell's waining ...

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Dick Powell witnesses film history as Claire Trevor performs film noir's first facepalm!

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At Florian's, they don't care what Semisonic sings; it ain't closing time until Moose says so!

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Dim lighting, as always in the film, engulfs and sets the mood for the opening. Sitting at a table, two police detectives interrogate private detective ...

I don't think there's ever been an actor who shows more grace in manner and movement and ease in front of the camera.

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I'm no expert on Preston Sturges, having seen only two of his films, but after viewing SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS I now have a craving to see them all!

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Everything turns out okay in the end, as Sullivan finds a way to be freed and discovers making comedies isn't so bad after all. Joel McCrea is flawless as ...

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Later, Marlowe pays a visit to Jessie Florian's (Esther Howard) house to question her about Velma. A lush, Jessie denies ever having known Velma.

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The World War II veteran has a distinctive status in the film noir, where the alienated stand in the spotlight. After having endured often physical and ...

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Though not a true boxing film, the gripping 99 RIVER STREET is a brisk film noir with a retired boxer as its scrappy featured protagonist.

One of the actor's last films, another noir, is Cry Danger (1952), with Powell's screen wife (Rhonda Fleming) as the woman of suspicion.

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A lot of George's fans come to him through Sunrise (1927), but I'm a backward gal. I first fell for the tragic and interesting Collingwood in John Ford's ...

After being picked up by the police, Marlowe screams at Randall that he's told him all he knows. He leans over the desk and shouts, “I'm tired of listening ...

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