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?
Elliott Gould has said that so long as he is physically able he holds out hopes that he could reprise the role of Phillip Marlowe. He has a screenplay entitled "It's Always Now," based on a Raymond Chandler story, "The Curtain." The Chandler estate sold him the rights to the story for $1. See more
During the scene where Marlowe is chasing Mrs. Wade in her top-down Mercedes 450 SL convertible, the car goes from having head rests to having no head rests in various shots. 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.
Version of Climax!: The Long Goodbye
Hooray for Hollywood
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Johnnie Davis See more