Private detective Philip Marlowe solves many crimes in Los Angeles during the 1930s.


Previous Episode

Sunday, May 25, 1986
S2.E5 Trouble Is My Business
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  



2   1  
1986   1983  
1 win & 13 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Philip Marlowe (1959–1960)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Stars: Philip Carey, William Schallert, Ed Kemmer
Marlowe (TV Movie 2007)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Legendary private eye Philip Marlowe takes on new cases.

Director: Rob Bowman
Stars: Ara Anton, Sherman Augustus, Michael Patrick Breen
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley
The Long Goodbye (TV Mini-Series 2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In this unauthorized adaptation of the novel "The Long Goodbye" by Raymond Chandler set in Tokyo during the 1950', Tamotsu is suspected of murdering his actress wife Shizuka Harada. He ... See full summary »

Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Rina Ohta, Gô Ayano
Poodle Springs (TV Movie 1998)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An aging Phillip Marlowe gets mixed up with blackmail & murder among elite social set in 1963.

Director: Bob Rafelson
Stars: James Caan, Dina Meyer, David Keith
Marlowe (1969)
Certificate: M Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young woman from Kansas hires LA private detective Philip Marlowe to find her missing brother.

Director: Paul Bogart
Stars: James Garner, Gayle Hunnicutt, Carroll O'Connor
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer.

Director: Dick Richards
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

Director: William Cameron Menzies
Stars: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Detective Philip Marlowe encounters a variety of characters while checking on why Leslie Murdock stole a rare doubloon from his mother.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: George Montgomery, Nancy Guild, Conrad Janis
Time to Kill (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A private detective is hired to retrieve a valuable antique coin that was stolen from its owner by her son, who used it to pay off a blackmailer. The private eye soon finds himself up to ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert I. Leeds
Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Heather Angel, Doris Merrick
The Big Sleep (1978)
Crime | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Set in England, rather than California, the story follows Raymond Chandler's book fairly closely otherwise. Philip Marlowe is asked by the elderly (and near death) General Sternwood to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Bj Lewis, Greg Vestal
Stars: Justin Barrett, Charles Baxter, Dawn Ezelle


Series cast summary:
 Philip Marlowe (11 episodes, 1983-1986)


Relying on his wits, instinct, gun and whiskey private detective Philip Marlowe solves many of Los Angeles' worst crime cases during the 1930s. His style is sarcastic, his methods are unorthodox, his charm is adored by the ladies, his meddling is hated by the local cops, his wallet is often times empty and his skull is hardened by the many unexpected blows received in the dark. Despite his low social status, his constant drinking and the lowly company he keeps Philip Marlowe has very high moral standards and a very developed sense of justice. Often times he lends a helping hand to those in need who are at the bottom of society and also to tear-eyed attractive ladies in distress who can gift him a kiss and a drink. The crime mystery series are adapted from Raymond Chandler's short stories. Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


He's the reason crime doesn't pay.




| |


Release Date:

27 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Marlowe  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(11 episodes)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Philip Marlowe: Hollywood's the kind of town where they stick a knife in your back and then have you arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.
See more »


Referenced in Goodnight Sweetheart: In the Mood (1993) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Original Tough Guy Private Eye Returns
15 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Raymond Chandler practically invented the detective noir genre with his Philip Marlowe novels and stories. The trench coat. The fedora. The monotone first-person narration and the cynical outlook on life. They all started with Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe.

So it's only appropriate that several actors have brought Phillip Marlowe to life over the years, most notably James Garner and Humphrey Bogart.

It's hard not to keep Humphrey Bogart's portrayal in mind when watching a Philip Marlowe mystery, and most actors understandably pale by comparison. That said, Powers Boothe still does a worthy job. You must put all of the sleazy roles he's ever played out of your head. He perfectly portrays Philip Marlowe as a cynical private investigator with a tough exterior but a heart of gold.

Samuel Matlovsky's musical score is the icing on the cake. The background music, and especially the haunting theme tune, definitely enhance the 1930's gumshoe atmosphere.

I've only seen a few episode from the '86 series. These episodes of "Phillip Marlowe: Private Eye" are filled with clever twist and turns, exciting gun fights, and plenty of tough-talking wise guys. If nothing else, they will inspire you to seek out the writings of Raymond Chandler.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why such a big gap between seasons? IAmGisele
Discuss Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page