A hardboiled aging private eye is hired to find and protect a missing government witness sought after by the gangsters. The witness is a beautiful French woman and even the cops can't be trusted. The case is tough, but so is Chandler.

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Chandler
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Katherine Creighton
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Ross J. Carmady
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Charles 'Chuck' Kincaid
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John Melchior
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Bernie Oakman
Richard Loo ...
Leo
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Selma
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Sal Sachese (scenes deleted)
Walter Burke ...
Zeno
Marianne McAndrew ...
Angel Carter
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Smoke
Lal Baum ...
Waxwell
Charles Shull ...
Binder Ransin
John Mitchum ...
Rudy, Bartender
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A hardboiled aging private eye is hired to find and protect a missing government witness sought after by the gangsters. The witness is a beautiful French woman and even the cops can't be trusted. The case is tough, but so is Chandler.

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Chandler is a private eye. It's a hard way to make a living... and an easy way to die.

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Some scenes of the film were shot in Leslie Caron's home, in LA. See more »

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Taxi sign over the yellow car Chandler is waiting is waiting in, just before the chase scene; is probably supposed to look like the T tipped over. But, it's set to high for that to be true. See more »

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Bernie Oakman: Chandler! You're alive! I got a job for ya!
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Featured in Warren Oates: Across the Border (1993) See more »

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Philip Marlowe it ain't
25 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

Raymond Chandler (Warren Oates) is tired of his empty security job and quits. Corrupt government official Ross J. Carmady is looking to take control of gangleader John Melchior. Bernie Oakman offers old acquittance Chandler as a patsy and hires him to protect government witness Katherine Creighton from Melchior without telling her. He befriends her and rescues her from kidnappers.

The name seems to be there to confuse fans of Raymond Chandler who created hard-boiled private eye Philip Marlowe. Chandler is world-wearied but sadly he's lifeless. The movie has nothing. The directions are stiff and without style. It's a sad tired effort. Everybody seems to be moving at half speed. Its production problems are the least of the deficiencies. Carmady's plans are not explained well. The shooting style is horribly stiff. Warren Oates looks uncomfortably small. The story is slower than molasses. Even the car chase is badly done. This is amateur hour.


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