LADY IN THE LAKE (1946) Noir publicity photo


[Los Angeles: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1946]. Vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white double weight glossy silver gelatin photo. Fine.

Publicity image for MGM’s entrée in the noir genre features stars Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter and Lloyd Nolan. It is from Raymond Chandler’s murder mystery. Audiences seldom saw detective Philip Marlowe, as the entire story was told from his point of view; he was only glimpsed when walking by a mirror. He was more present in the publicity art. This allowed Robert Montgomery to also direct the film! Guns were seldom allowed to be shown in publicity images during this time, making the allowance of two quite unusual.

This photo has its typed blurb on the verso as well as the dated Hollywood Advertising Advisory Council ink stamp of July 19, 1946. Photo is coded 1383-20.

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