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Marlowe -- When quiet, Midwesterner Orfamy Quest hires Marlowe to find her brother, what should be a simple case for the detective quickly becomes a dangerous game of cat and mouse.


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Raymond Chandler (novel)
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 October 1969 (USA) See more »
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Quiet young Orfamay Quest from Kansas has hired private detective Philip Marlowe to find her brother... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Garner ... Philip Marlowe

Gayle Hunnicutt ... Mavis Wald

Carroll O'Connor ... Lt. Christy French

Rita Moreno ... Dolores Gonzáles

Sharon Farrell ... Orfamay Quest

William Daniels ... Mr. Crowell

H.M. Wynant ... Sonny Steelgrave

Jackie Coogan ... Grant W. Hicks

Kenneth Tobey ... Sgt. Fred Beifus

Bruce Lee ... Winslow Wong
Christopher Cary ... Chuck
George Tyne ... Oliver Hady

Corinne Camacho ... Julie
Paul Stevens ... Dr. Vincent Lagardie
Roger Newman ... Orrin Quest
Read Morgan ... Gumpshaw
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emil Alegata ... Waiter (uncredited)
Mark Allen ... Doorman (uncredited)
Bert L. Bantle ... Pilot (uncredited)
Pat Barrington ... Belly Dancer (uncredited)
Anna Lee Carroll ... Mona (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Nurse (uncredited)
Isabel Colley ... Hotel Alvarado Receptionist (uncredited)
Tony Conkle ... Pilot (uncredited)
Carol Ann Daniels ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ted Derby ... Tiger Man (uncredited)
Angus Duncan ... TV Actor (uncredited)
Jack English ... Director (uncredited)
Nate Esformes ... Paleface (uncredited)
Warren Finnerty ... Manager (uncredited)

Greta Garbo ... Herself - in scene from 'Grand Hotel' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dee Gardner ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Buddy Garion ... Maitre d' (uncredited)

Hoke Howell ... Intern (uncredited)
Nicole Jaffe ... Lilly (uncredited)
Marlain Kallevig ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Paul Micale ... Waiter (uncredited)
Tom Monroe ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bartlett Robinson ... Munsey (uncredited)
Chet Stratton ... Harold Munsey (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Strongarm Man (uncredited)
Lou Whitehill ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Mary Wilcox ... YMCA Clerk (uncredited)
Fay Wilkie ... Psychologist (uncredited)
Jason Wingreen ... Camera Store Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Bogart 
Writing credits
Raymond Chandler (novel "The Little Sister")

Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)

Produced by
Sidney Beckerman .... producer
Gabriel Katzka .... producer
James Garner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Peter Matz 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels 
Film Editing by
Gene Ruggiero 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Addison Hehr 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Hugh Hunt 
Costume Design by
Florence Hackett (uncredited)
James Taylor (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Phil Rhodes .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Sergei Petschnikoff .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bud Grace .... assistant director
Michael Daves .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Special Effects by
Virgil Beck .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
J. McMillan Johnson .... special visual effects
Carroll L. Shepphird .... special visual effects
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Young .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Louis .... gowns and furs: Gayle Hunnicutt
Other crew
Bruce Lee .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Robert Sunderland .... location manager (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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96 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Sweden:15 | USA:PG | USA:M (original rating) | West Germany:18 (nf)

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The movie's theme song "Little Sister" was named after the film's source Raymond Chandler novel "The Little Sister".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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)See more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
"Marlowe", Adventure, a Detective Yarn and a Good Production, 18 July 2005
Author: silverscreen888

The 1970 film "Marlowe" is an adaptation by noted scenarist Stirling Silliphant of a Philip Marlowe detective novel by Raymond Chandler. It is the novel I, as a writer, rate as his masterpiece, "The Little Sister". The storyline and characters belong the realm of Hollywood and the underworld of drugs, crime and movie wannabees of the 1940s, even though some of the characters, including Marlowe, comes from other backgrounds. The interesting thing is that the film is an adventure level hard-boiled detective mystery, whereas the book would have been able to be adapted as a dramatic-level work. But taking the film as it is, it is a strong story-line. What is happening in the film is a drug racket run by the bad guys selling to movie people. Marlowe, played by James Garner with less force than once might have expected, is hired by a young woman to find her brother. His office is demolished by a karate expert, Bruce Lee, a harmless detective is murdered, he is nearly killed, and he meets a Mexican stripper played by Rita Moreno, as he tries to unravel the connections between the missing brother--now a contract killer, the movie people (including Gayle Hunnicutt, a kookie client (Sharon Farrell) and the doctors supplying the drugs, before one of their operatives finishes him off. The film was made in color, and it is an attractive one, well-lighted. The director Paul Bogart did a solid job keeping the abundant action moving. Original music for the film was composed by Peter Matz, very good cinematography by the noted William H. Daniels and art direction by Addison Hehr and George W. Davis. The elaborate set decorations were supplied by Henry Grace and Hugh Hunt, and costumes were created by Jean Louis, Florence Hackett and James Taylor. The film features a number of scenes outdoors and in locations such as a burlesque theater, a mansion, an office building, an apartment house, and more. The production comes off as bright and vivid, contrasting the daylight of semi-desert Los Angles with the darker events and nighttime goings-on depicted. In the cast, Gayle Hunnicutt is fine as a young woman and suggests the qualities of a future actress. Rita Moreno is very good, as usual, except that the way her character is played is not as Chandler wrote it; it was a part written with Jane Russell in mind, to be underplayed; Carroll O'Connor is delightful as the short-fused Lt. French; Jackie Coogan as Grant Hicks and Sharon Farrelkl as Orfamae Quest have some of the best parts of their careers. others notable in a fine cast include Paul Stevens as the villain, William Daniels who makes a fine foil for Garner, Kenneth Tobey, Christopher Cary, Corinne Camacho, George Tyne, Roger Morgan as the missing brother, the aforementioned Bruce Lee as Sylvester Wong (with a great death scene) and Read Morgan. This is a very entertaining detective yarn, with above-average dialogue scenes injected here and there, and characters interesting in their situations. As late as it was in Hollywood history, this film is well cast, well-mounted and interesting. Those who would wish the original novel to be produced as a dramatic work about deeper human character and relationships get more than a taste of those qualities here; but this is an adventure, and thanks to Garner's breezy professionalism, it fulfills that function quite well. Many detective stories have been made since this one, but few have came off so competently.

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