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(1998 TV Movie)

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The film was made and first released about 39-40 years after its source unfinished novel manuscript by Raymond Chandler was written in 1958-1959. The "Poodle Springs" novel, completed by Robert B. Parker, was first published in 1989, which was thirty years after Raymond Chandler's passing away in 1959.
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Raymond Chandler's working title for the "Poodle Springs" novel was "The Poodle Springs Story".
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At the request of the Raymond Chandler's estate, Chandler's "Poodle Springs" novel was completed by Robert B. Parker and first published in 1989. This tele-movie was made and first released around nine years after this.
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"Poodle Springs", written by Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker, is the eighth and final Philip Marlowe novel which was either written or co-written by Chandler.
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Philip Marlowe (James Caan)'s fee was $100 a day plus expenses.
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James Caan's interpretation and characterization of Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe detective character was a much older and world-weary one, just as Robert Mitchum's had also been in The Big Sleep (1978) and Farewell, My Lovely (1975). These were all markedly different than the earlier cinematic incarnations of the Marlowe private eye where the character was younger and more energetic.
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Director Bob Rafelson had previously directed such similar 'film noir' fare as Black Widow (1987) and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981).
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This Phillip Marlowe film, shot in the 1990s, was set during the 1960s. The earlier Marlowe (1969) movie was also set in the 1960s, and was filmed in the 60s as well.
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Actor David Keith played dual roles as both the Charles Nichols and Larry Victor characters.
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Only a plot outline and four chapters of the source "Poodle Springs" novel were written by Raymond Chandler. These were originally first published in a collection of excerpts, letters and unpublished writings in 1962 entitled "Raymond Chandler Speaking". This film was made and first released about thirty-six years after this.
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The maiden name of the character of Phillip Marlowe's wife, Laura Parker-Marlowe (Dina Meyer), was Laura Parker. Laura has the same "Parker" last name as Robert B. Parker, who is the writer who later completed Raymond Chandler's uncompleted novel of "Poodle Springs".
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Philip Marlowe was played by Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep (1946). James Caan appeared in Misery (1990) with Bogart's widow, Lauren Bacall.
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This Tom Stoppard written tele-movie was first broadcast in the same year as Shakespeare in Love (1998) debuted in cinemas which won both Stoppard and Marc Norman a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for co-writing Shakespeare in Love (1998).
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The nick-name of Miriam Blackstone-Nichols (Julia Campbell) was "Muffy".
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The name of Philip Marlowe (James Caan)'s dog was "Rags" and was portrayed by the canine 'Bugsy'.
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