A young woman from Kansas hires LA private detective Philip Marlowe to find her missing brother.

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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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Chuck
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Oliver Hady
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Julie
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Dr. Vincent Lagardie
Roger Newman ...
Orrin Quest
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Storyline

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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Marlowe is the Best Private Eye in the Business. Just Ask the People He Does Business With See more »


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31 October 1969 (USA)  »

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The Little Sister  »

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The source novel "The Little Sister" was the first book that Raymond Chandler wrote after having worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood for Paramount Pictures. Chandler's discomfort from his experience dealing with the Hollywood film industry was manifested in the book's storyline. See more »

Goofs

When Marlowe is incapacitated by Dr. Lagardie with the psychotropic laced cigarette while surmising about the blackmail scheme, it is hard to imagine Dr. Lagardie, being in close proximity, not being affected by the drug (unless he was immune to its effects). 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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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

LITTLE SISTER
Words by Norman Gimbel
Music by Peter Matz
Sung by Bruce Arnold of Orpheus
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Smooth take on classic Chandler.
25 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interesting variation on 'The Little Sister' by Raymond Chandler with '40's film noir replaced by a colorful and stylish '60's motif. The film does a good job of keeping certain Chandler elements in the forefront...the violent thugs, the irritable cops, and the classy woman in distress are all here, as is Marlowe, portrayed as a prototype Jim Rockford. Garner does a good job in the lead; his performance is really truer to the Marlowe character than Bogart managed in 'The Big Sleep' (but then that wasn't the point of 'The Big Sleep', now was it?). Supporting characters are, in some places, excellent, while lacking a bit in others. Carrol O'Connor, Rita Moreno, Bruce Lee (whose role was far too brief), and Sharon Farrell are either convincing or fun, but the female lead and the villainous but sympathetic killer are rather flat.

All in all, a movie I wouldn't mind owning.


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