Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983–1986)

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

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Sunday, May 25, 1986
S2.E5 Trouble Is My Business
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 Philip Marlowe (11 episodes, 1983-1986)
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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

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

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12 March 2005 | by (United States - Melbourne, FL) – See all my reviews

This was a great show. I know there have been lots of versions of "Phillip Marlowe" on film and television, from Humphrey Bogart to Robert Mitchum and perhaps beyond, but this is was my first exposure to this character, and I remember it fondly.

I was just thinking about how I miss cop/P.I. films and TV shows of the Film Noir/"fedoras and raincoats" genre, and this old HBO program- even if only for 11 episodes- suddenly became a vivid memory that came to mind. This was also my first introduction to this whole genre, which I got to explore further and in greater depth in films of the WWII and postwar period- and later works that have paid tribute to this genre and all the actors, directors, and characters such as "Phillip Marlowe" that were a part of it.

This was a great character, and I really enjoyed this show- and hope to see "Phillip Marlowe" make an appearance in the future on the big or small screen...


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