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

Director:

Paul Bogart

Writers:

Raymond Chandler (novel), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Philip Marlowe
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Mavis Wald
Carroll O'Connor ... Lt. Christy French
Rita Moreno ... Dolores Gonzáles
Sharon Farrell ... Orfamay Quest
William Daniels ... Mr. Crowell
H.M. Wynant ... Sonny Steelgrave
Jackie Coogan ... Grant W. Hicks
Kenneth Tobey ... Sgt. Fred Beifus
Bruce Lee ... Winslow Wong
Christopher Cary ... Chuck
George Tyne ... Oliver Hady
Corinne Camacho ... Julie
Paul Stevens ... Dr. Vincent Lagardie
Roger Newman Roger Newman ... Orrin Quest
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Storyline

Quiet young Orfamay Quest from Kansas has hired private detective Philip Marlowe to find her brother. After two leads turn up with ice picks stuck in them, he discovers blackmail photos concerning TV star Mavis Wald. She rejects Marlowe's help, and this is forcibly underlined by her gangster boyfriend. So, wonders Marlowe, is there a link between Orfamay and Mavis? Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Marlowe is the Best Private Eye in the Business. Just Ask the People He Does Business With See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Sister See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The line "Does your mother know what you do for a living?" was used again by Garner in the "Rockford Files: The Kirkoff Case" [See: The Rockford Files: The Kirkoff Case (1974)]. See more »

Goofs

Given the age of the building that Marlowe's office was in, the interior walls should have been made of lathe and plaster, which would much more difficult to break holes in, especially using ones hands and feet. Clearly the interior walls have been replaced with less durable and much thinner gypsum drywall. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Philip Marlowe: How do I get in to see the manager?
[the man he's talking to points him in the right direction]
Philip Marlowe: Thank you.
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Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

LITTLE SISTER
Words by Norman Gimbel
Music by Peter Matz
Sung by Bruce Arnold of Orpheus
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Interesting oddity
8 May 2000 | by thehumanduvetSee all my reviews

Following a typical Chandlerian plot involving lots of intrigue, sex, lies, booze, and violence, Garner makes a mildly charming, laid-back Marlowe, trading a fair share of witty one-liners with the policemen, toughs and many eager young women he encounters, as he tries to unravel a convoluted missing persons/blackmail/murder case. Gets an interesting edge from the sixties characters and attitudes (Marlowe's hairdresser neighbour providing light relief, the stoner hotel at the start) but staying very much in the world of sleazy hoods and wealthy stars associated with earlier Bogey takes on Chandler. Bruce Lee's performance as a toughie sent to threaten Marlowe with some spectacular chop-socky is a high-point but sadly brief, and Garner is no Bogey, and the director is no Howard Hawks. Good-ish stuff, but confused by too many personality-free characters (rather than by a complex web as in The Big Sleep), and lacking Bogart's ice-hard edge, Garner is a smooth, witty and fairly convincing Marlowe; likewise the film, fairly convincing, but no classic.


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