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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 overview, first billed only:
Mr. Crowell
Sonny Steelgrave
Grant W. Hicks
Sgt. Fred Beifus
Oliver Hady
Dr. Vincent Lagardie
Roger Newman ...
Orrin Quest


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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Release Date:

31 October 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Little Sister  »

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1.85 : 1
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The last movie shown on TNT Classic Movies (U.K) on its last day of broadcasting for Europe. (15 October 1999) See more »


Given the age of the building that Marlowe's office was in, the interior walls should have been made of lathe and plaster, which would much more difficult to break holes in, especially using ones hands and feet. Clearly the interior walls have been replaced with less durable and much thinner gypsum drywall. See more »


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


Words by Norman Gimbel
Music by Peter Matz
Sung by Bruce Arnold of Orpheus
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Groovy noir
16 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Even though I've never understood who or why people got killed in this film, and I've seen it many times, I still like this movie a lot. I don't know why really, the plot is murky, it's not particularly atmospheric and it looks a little cheap sometimes with the studio-bound sets.

That most of the actresses in the film resemble one another doesn't help either. Rita Moreno looks like Gayle Hunnicut who looks like Marlowes girlfriend. Orfamay looks like the receptionist Marlowe talks to at her hotel. On top of that Orfamay and Mavis do NOT resemble each other and they are supposed to be sisters!!!!

I'm not a huge fan of James Garner but he's fun to watch. The film has an energy of it's own. The performances are all lively and entertaining. The last fight between the sisters is heartbreaking.

The cool clothes, groovy sixties setting and music add to the charm and I repeatedly watch this film without ever understanding who shot who!

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