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Robert Mitchum was 57 when he portrayed Philip Marlowe in this film. In the novel the character is in his thirties.
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The character Ann Riordan was eliminated from the film due to Robert Mitchum's age.
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This movie is set in the 1940s but the Marlowe movie follow-up to this film, The Big Sleep (1978), was actually set in the 1970s, making Robert Mitchum's two Chandler pictures playing Phillip Marlowe discontinuous in their universes in time and thus separate entities.
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Robert Mitchum is the only ever actor to play Raymond Chandler's private eye Phillip Marlowe twice on screen.
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Playing private eye Phillip Marlowe was actor Robert Mitchum who was well known for his roles in many film noir, detective and crime fiction movies from the 1940s including the classic Out of the Past (1947).
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The dark pin-striped suit worn by Robert Mitchum in the film was the only one available from the wardrobe department, with no backup suit available if needed. Originally made for Victor Mature during the 1940s, Mitchum hated the outfit, and complained constantly during production about having to wear "Victor Mature's old farted-up suit."
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The film was made and released around thirty-five years after its source novel of the same name by Raymond Chandler had been first published in 1940.
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Third film version of Raymond Chandler's "Farewell, My Lovely" novel. The first was The Falcon Takes Over (1942) in 1942 and the second was Murder, My Sweet (1944) in 1944.
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When asked why Philip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) cares about Moose Malloy (Jack O'Halloran), he says, "I don't know. Ever since I saw that movie, King Kong, I've been a sucker for any gorilla that falls in love with a girl." O'Halloran would appear in the King Kong remake, the following year.
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The make and model of the car that Phillip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) drove was a black 1940 Buick Special.
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The movie was part of a predominantly 1970s revival cycle of pictures adapted from novels by Raymond Chandler. The films included Marlowe (1969), The Big Sleep (1978), The Long Goodbye (1973) and Farewell, My Lovely (1975) as well as Double Indemnity (1973) made for television (Chandler was screenwriter on the original Double Indemnity (1944)) with Body Heat (1981) suggested by it following early in the next decade.
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Phillip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum)'s fee was $25 a day plus expenses.
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Two of the characters had alliterated names: Moose Malloy and Velma Valento.
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According to 'Halliwells', this film is a "remake of the 1944 movie [Murder, My Sweet (1944)] with the plot slightly rewritten and tightened".
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Debut film as a full producer for Jerry Bruckheimer whose two previous producing credits had been as an associate producer.
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Jack O'Halloran receives an "introducing" credit.
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Part of a 1970s revival cycle of film noir and hard-boiled detective movies which included such non-Chandler fare as Gumshoe (1971), Chinatown (1974), and The Black Bird (1975). Five Chandler filmed adaptations were made around this period including this cinema movie.
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Robert Mitchum was widely considered too old and too paunchy to play Philip Marlowe.
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First of two films where actor Robert Mitchum portrayed Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe. The second was The Big Sleep (1978).
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The movie co-starred Sylvia Miles. The Marlowe movie follow-up to this film, Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep (1978), co-starred Sarah Miles.
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Robert Mitchum's interpretation and characterization of Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe detective character was much older and world-weary than the earlier cinematic incarnations of the Marlowe private eye.
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The movie was made and released about thirty-one years since the last filmed adaptation of the source Raymond Chandler Murder, My Sweet (1944) in 1944.
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The first time that Raymond Chandler's "Farewell, My Lovely" was filmed under its original book title though this title was used for the UK release of Murder, My Sweet (1944).
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First of two Raymond Chandler Phillip Marlowe films made and produced by Lew Grade's ITC Productions. The second was The Big Sleep (1978).
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Jim Thompson: The pulp crime fiction writer as Judge Baxter Wilson Grayle. This role was Thompson's only screen performance.
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