Sunday, December 19, 2010

Lady in the Fake

Before this film noir has begun
the holiday tone is undone
The holly seems merry
but jolly turns scary
The Christmas cards cover a gun

'tis Christmas, but just a veneer
without all the usual cheer
With dicks, dames and cops
the merriment stops
It's more of a seasonal sneer

Unlike the novel by Raymond Chandler, the film Lady in the Lake (Robert Montgomery, 1947) takes place over Christmas. The only reason for this seems to be the gag in the opening credits, where a series of seasonal title cards are removed, the last of which revealing a pistol. Image source: The Movie Title Stills Collection.

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