Chain-smoking, wisecracking private eye Philip Marlowe drives a buddy from LA to the Tijuana border and returns home to an apartment full of cops who arrest him for abetting the murder of his friend's wife. After Marlowe's release, following the reported suicide in Mexico of his friend, a beautiful woman hires him to locate her alcoholic and mercurial husband. Then, a hoodlum and his muscle visit to tell Marlowe that he owes $350,000, mob money the dead friend took to Mexico. Marlowe tails the hood, who goes to the house of the woman with the temperamental husband. As Marlowe pulls these threads together, his values emerge from beneath the cavalier wisecracking. Written by
Nothing says goodbye like a bullet.
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Did You Know?
had not worked in two years. Gould had been blackballed in the film industry due to his erratic behavior on the set of "A Glimpse of Tiger" (which eventually morphed into What's Up, Doc?
(1972)). But Robert Altman
insisted on casting Gould and this film served as a comeback for him. See more
When Marlowe buys a newspaper from a vending machine, the headline on the front page reads "Jet hijacked". Moments later, when reading the same paper in the car, the headline has switched to "Rain of jet parts". See more
[Augustine has found a $5000 bill in Marlowe's pocket
A picture of James Madison.
It's a $5000 bill.
Where'd you get this?
A box of crackerjacks, came as a prize.
Referenced in Wings of Desire
The Long Goodbye
by John Williams
and Johnny Mercer
Performed by The Dave Grusin Trio, Jack Sheldon
, Clydie King
, Jack Riley
, Morgan Ames
' Aluminum Band, The Tepoztlan Municipal Band See more