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Marlowe (1969)

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

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Cast

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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
George Tyne ...
Oliver Hady
Corinne Camacho ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

The Little Sister  »

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Trivia

The movie's title song, "Little Sister" was originally recorded by New York studio musicians but the producers were not happy with the vocal performance (rumored to be songwriter Norman Gimbel himself). They turned to executives at MGM Records who suggested that members from their newly signed star group, Orpheus, re-record the song. The producers agreed and the Orpheus version was recorded at Bell Sound Studios in New York. Only Orpheus lead singer, Bruce Arnold and backup singer, Jack McKenes were on the track since the music had been pre-recorded. However, future Orpheus member and legendary studio musician, Bernard Pretty Purdie, plays drums on the song's backing track. 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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Connections

Referenced in Bruce Lee, the Legend (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

LITTLE SISTER
Words by Norman Gimbel
Music by Peter Matz
Sung by Bruce Arnold of Orpheus
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Interesting oddity

Following a typical Chandlerian plot involving lots of intrigue, sex, lies, booze, and violence, Garner makes a mildly charming, laid-back Marlowe, trading a fair share of witty one-liners with the policemen, toughs and many eager young women he encounters, as he tries to unravel a convoluted missing persons/blackmail/murder case. Gets an interesting edge from the sixties characters and attitudes (Marlowe's hairdresser neighbour providing light relief, the stoner hotel at the start) but staying very much in the world of sleazy hoods and wealthy stars associated with earlier Bogey takes on Chandler. Bruce Lee's performance as a toughie sent to threaten Marlowe with some spectacular chop-socky is a high-point but sadly brief, and Garner is no Bogey, and the director is no Howard Hawks. Good-ish stuff, but confused by too many personality-free characters (rather than by a complex web as in The Big Sleep), and lacking Bogart's ice-hard edge, Garner is a smooth, witty and fairly convincing Marlowe; likewise the film, fairly convincing, but no classic.


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