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.
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.
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.
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 These were originally first published in a collection of excerpts, letters and unpublished writings in 1962 entitled "Raymond Chandler Speaking".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.
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".