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Marlowe (1969)

M  -  Mystery | Crime | Drama  -  31 October 1969 (USA)
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Quiet young Orfamay Quest from Kansas has hired private detective Philip Marlowe to find her brother. After two leads turn up with ice picks stuck in them, he discovers blackmail photos ... See full summary »

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Mavis Wald
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Lt. Christy French
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Dolores Gonzáles
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Orfamay Quest
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Mr. Crowell
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Sonny Steelgrave
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Grant W. Hicks
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Sgt. Fred Beifus
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Winslow Wong
Christopher Cary ...
Chuck
George Tyne ...
Oliver Hady
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Julie
Paul Stevens ...
Dr. Vincent Lagardie
Roger Newman ...
Orrin Quest
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Quiet young Orfamay Quest from Kansas has hired private detective Philip Marlowe to find her brother. After two leads turn up with ice picks stuck in them, he discovers blackmail photos concerning TV star Mavis Wald. She rejects Marlowe's help, and this is forcibly underlined by her gangster boyfriend. So, wonders Marlowe, is there a link between Orfamay and Mavis? Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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31 October 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Little Sister  »

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Raymond Chandler's novel "The Little Sister" was set in 1940s Los Angeles. The film retains the book's setting but its time period was updated to 1960s L.A. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Philip Marlowe: How do I get in to see the manager?
[the man he's talking to points him in the right direction]
Philip Marlowe: Thank you.
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LITTLE SISTER
Words by Norman Gimbel
Music by Peter Matz
Sung by Bruce Arnold of Orpheus
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Chandler's Marlowe transferred to the '60s...
27 March 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Shifting Chandler's private eye to the '60s seems to work fairly well, although I still miss the film noir look of the gritty '40s melodramas with either Humphrey Bogart or George Montgomery as Marlowe. In addition, filming this one in color to take advantage of some Los Angeles locations, was not necessarily the best idea.

JAMES GARNER works well as Marlowe, although I still prefer the dry delivery of Humphrey Bogart and his one-liners in THE BIG SLEEP. But Garner is at his physical peak and makes a persuasive private detective on the trail of someone's missing brother. Along the way, he gets involved with the usual assortment of disreputable characters who occupy seedy hotel rooms and the shady side of town.

With a supporting cast that includes CARROLL O'CONNOR, JACKIE COOGAN and RITA MORENO (as a stripper), it's a stylish updating of Chandler's novel, "The Little Sister". And let's not forget BRUCE LEE who does a Karate job on Garner's office wall and furniture.

Too many of the early scenes drag and it's an hour into the story before the plot gets any livelier. In short, the plot remains rather flat and devoid of any real urgent suspense in spite of the fact that it deals with ice pick murders.

Summing up: Despite the okay performance from Garner, it remains a flabby exercise in suspense, lacking the terse quality of Chandler's stories and doesn't really perk up until the last ten minutes.


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