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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 {J-26}

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


Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

When Dolores take Marlowe up to Sonny Steelgraves mountain retreat to meet Mavis Wald, Dolores' convertible has no rear view mirror. After she drops Marlowe off and leaves her car has a rear view mirror. 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

Referenced in Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

LITTLE SISTER
Words by Norman Gimbel
Music by Peter Matz
Sung by Bruce Arnold of Orpheus
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Noir - in all its colours
29 June 2011 | by davidholmesfrSee all my reviews

This is a mish-mash where the original cynical Marlowe of the late 40s meets the laid-back and careworn private detective of the 60s. We move from all those shadows that dominated the noir films to the bright lights of the swinging 60s. And it doesn't really work; nor should it. To me, it comes over more as a satire on the originals with plenty of good one-liners and a surreal couple of scenes with Bruce Lee.

The storyline is too complex to set out here and I suspect there will be many differing versions of just what the story actually is. Not that that matters too much as I think it may be better simply to see it as a satire or, perhaps, a parody.

Gayle Hunnicutt was out of place although Rita Moreno maybe makes up for that. Garner is, well, Garner. See it as a curiosity rather than as something that is important or significant in the history of film.


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