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Philip Marlowe, Private Eye 

Private detective Philip Marlowe solves many crimes in Los Angeles during the 1930s.
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Sunday, May 25, 1986

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1986   1983  
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Powers Boothe ...  Philip Marlowe 11 episodes, 1983-1986
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Storyline

Relying on his wits, instinct, gun and whiskey private detective Philip Marlowe solves many of Los Angeles' worst crime cases during the 1930s. His style is sarcastic, his methods are unorthodox, his charm is adored by the ladies, his meddling is hated by the local cops, his wallet is often times empty and his skull is hardened by the many unexpected blows received in the dark. Despite his low social status, his constant drinking and the lowly company he keeps Philip Marlowe has very high moral standards and a very developed sense of justice. Often times he lends a helping hand to those in need who are at the bottom of society and also to tear-eyed attractive ladies in distress who can gift him a kiss and a drink. The crime mystery series are adapted from Raymond Chandler's short stories. Written by nufs68

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He's the reason crime doesn't pay.


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Country:

UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1986 (USA) See more »

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Marlowe See more »

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Runtime:

(11 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Before he died, Raymond Chandler informed his agent Helga Greene never to allow the character of Philip Marlowe to appear in a TV show. Helga Greene later allowed this show to be made after discussions with producer David Wickes. See more »

Quotes

Philip Marlowe: Hollywood's the kind of town where they stick a knife in your back and then have you arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.
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Connections

Referenced in Goodnight Sweetheart: In the Mood (1993) See more »

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Powers Boothe is great, shows are OK...
8 May 2005 | by halben-1See all my reviews

I just recently purchased the DVD edition of these shows, and they are really interesting. The audio quality on the DVD is horrible for the early episodes (1983), but those have the nicer opening credits and generally very good storytelling.

So far I've only seen one of the later episodes, "Pick-up on Noon Street", but it was pretty nice. The audio quality is immensely better than on the earlier episodes, but the acting was a little more hammy over all. Robin Givens was good, and Boothe was great as usual. The actions sequences were pretty poorly filmed, though, in my opinion.

Overall, HBO had their hands on something special here. Power Boothe is (as others have said here) the best Marlowe ever on screen. I love Bogey, and Mitchum is great in Farewell My Lovely, but Boothe feels like he IS the Marlowe, and his delivery of the dialog and voice-overs is superb.

I really wish that HBO or someone else would do another remake of The Long Goodbye with Powers Boothe as an older Marlowe. That'd be the best of Chandler played by the best Marlowe.


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