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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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Welcome to Marlowe Country! 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the last film broadcast for WABC-TV's (New York) afternoon slot, "The 4:30 Movie", on 26 November 1981. See more »

Goofs

Hicks is fully clothed when found by Marlowe. This is not the case when police arrive to investigate. 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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Fun movie
25 February 2002 | by mdeweySee all my reviews

Vintage Garner, solid sleuth story with sophisticated plot twists! Somewhat in the same cut as Paul Newman's "Harper", but bearing Garner's unique brand of sardonic humor: Sort of a modern Bret Maverick and a soon-to-be Jimmy Rockford!

Good late 60's detective romp through West Coast life, interweaving the societal trends of that time period (Hippie, straight, boozer, "sleazer", etc.) Bruce Lee is a welcome interlude, especially in his scene at Marlowe's office.

However, Rita Moreno is the real treat in this one: probably her best dramatic performance! One wishes she had been cast in more roles like this one to let the public see her for the multi-dimensional actress that she was.

One last "shout out" to Peter Matz for his super soundtrack which added the appropriate audio flavorings to the respective scene changes, while keeping the atmospheric late 60's mood in full swing.


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