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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kicsi nővér 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

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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Soundtracks

LITTLE SISTER
Words by Norman Gimbel
Music by Peter Matz
Sung by Bruce Arnold of Orpheus
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Not a big sleep, but definitely a sleeper
27 October 2012 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Much is said concerning the merits of re-imagining the Philip Marlowe character in the swinging sixties, bringing to it a pop culture emphasis that seems eons away from Humphrey Bogart's turn, but there's three good reasons to consider this Marlowe adaptation.

First-rate cast stars the always affable James Garner in the title character. He's a modest Marlowe, not arrogant, assuming nor especially gifted at his trade, he toils and the rewards follow (albeit with some distress involved). Lovely Gayle Hunnicutt plays the femme fatale along with little sister Sharon Farrell, while Rita Moreno trumps them both with a critical role as a stripper of more than passing resemblance to Hunnicutt.

Then there's the surprise packet, namely, Bruce Lee with just a couple of scenes, one of which involving him demolishing Garner's office like it was made of balsa wood. A perfectly timed scissor kick shatters the overhead light shade (a good foot above his own head), before he dons his sunglasses, turns on his heel and casually walks out the door he's just kicked in half. It's a stern warning to Garner to lay off, but equally hilarious in its approach of which both Lee and Garner seem aware. If you take nothing from the film, you'll always remember that scene.

And finally, if you're familiar with them, the theme tune "Little Sister" is a catchy jazz-pop song by Orpheus, the band who had four albums of jazz-psychedelic pop in the mould of what would later become the signature of Lighthouse, Chicago and others of the ilk. Great adaptation, a real time capsule of the era and well worth a look.


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