The film Lady in the Lake was based of on Raymond Chandler’s novel The Lady in the Lake. If you read on, note spoilers follow- about the novel, the short stories Chandler cannibalized for it, and the film adaptation.
The Sniper is a disturbing serial-killer themed film noir from 1952. To Los Angeles audiences, the film’s theme- a lone male stalking female victims at random and shooting them from a sniper’s vantage point- must have seemed awfully familiar. The city had just caught its own “phantom sniper” who had had local women on edge since the previous summer.