Philip Marlowe, Private Eye: Season 1, Episode 5

Smart Aleck Kill (18 May 1983)

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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Sutro (as Michael J. Shannon)
Liza Ross ...
Nurse Dalton
Vickery Turner ...
Mrs. Sutro
Detective Murphy
Paul Maxwell ...
J.P. Magnus
Ray Jewers ...
Norman Chancer ...
David Byrd ...
Funeral director
Darcy Flynn ...
Mianne Crayle
Miquel Brown ...
Lurleen the stripper
Lady columnist
Charles Nicklin ...
Sonny Wallace


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18 May 1983 (UK)  »

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Marlowe pulls up to Nurse Dalton/Helen Berwin's house. There's a large window to the right, a short stretch of wall in the middle and the door to the left. When he enters, there's solid wall on the interior where the window should be. There is a window about 25' from the door (much further than on the outside) but it's a higher, different style window on the inside, not the Craftsman style shown on the exterior. Also, when he knocks on the door, it's a flat (no panel) door. In the close-up after Marlowe knocks, showing Helen opening the door, it's a four-paneled door. See more »


Philip Marlowe: Hollywood is the kind of town where they stick a knife in your back and then have you arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.
Philip Marlowe: Usually it's so quiet in Beverly Hills you can hear the scratch of a fountain pen on a movie contract three mansions away.
Philip Marlowe: Suddenly I felt like I was taking a trip down a sewer in a glass-bottom boat.
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Meh - nothing special
15 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before I got this DVD from the library, I saw a review on that claimed 'best Marlowe ever!' Well, I wasn't expecting that, but I can't imagine where the enthusiasm came from. It's pretty well what you'd expect out of a television series versus a feature length film. The characters are thin, the dialogue a little stagey in places, and the sense of danger superficial. The whole thing has the air of inferior writers and directors attempting to carry off a classic style that's beyond their abilities.

That's not to say this episode is bad - it's just a copy of a copy. The DVD set still may entertain you for several nights, and there's nothing wrong with that. This just isn't in the class of the Suchet Poirot series. It's closer to the Stacy Keach Mike Hammer series in quality. There's something about hard boiled that's just hard to do with a straight face - so many get it a little wrong so often that it seems impossible these days.

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