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Marlowe (1969)

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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Certificate:

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Details

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 film was made and released about twenty years after its source novel "The Little Sister" by Raymond Chandler had been first published in 1949. The book was the fifth Phillip Marlowe novel in Chandler's series. 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 The Unbeatable Bruce Lee (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

LITTLE SISTER
Words by Norman Gimbel
Music by Peter Matz
Sung by Bruce Arnold of Orpheus
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The Little Sister
4 December 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Now it's James Garner's turn to take on the role of Raymond Chandler's legendary private detective Philip Marlowe in an updated screen adaption of Chandler's novel, The Little Sister.

The original novel had the title character be the little sister of a film star who has come in from Manhattan, Kansas to look for their brother who's gone missing. To reflect the update the film star is now the star of a family situation comedy with an image that won't stand up to scandal, especially if it's learned that she's been intimately involved with a notorious mobster.

I have to say that this film was updated far better than Robert Mitchum's version of The Big Sleep, although it's not nearly as good as The original Big Sleep and Murder, My Sweet. Garner is appropriately cynical and appropriately noble in the right moments.

Carroll O'Connor and Kenneth Tobey are a pair of homicide cops who are naturally frustrated with Garner who seems to be blocking them from clearing up several murders after he's hired to find the missing brother. Actually as per usual he's just trying to keep them from reaching wrong conclusions.

Gayle Hunnicutt is the TV star and the little sister is Sharon Farrell and if the film were remade today you would be casting Jessica Simpson in Farrell's role. Rita Moreno is one fetching stripper who goes way back with Hunnicutt. She and Garner work well together and Garner had her on his Rockford Files TV series a few times as Rita Capkovic, a woman of middling virtue.

One thing I do have to criticize. Bruce Lee has a small role as the kung-fu bodyguard of gangster H.M. Wynant. Personally I cannot believe that Garner could have taken out Lee that easily, tricking him the way he did.

Though Marlowe is not a bad film, I don't think most viewers will like how Bruce Lee ended up.


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