Marlowe (1969)




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James Garner is so good as Raymond Chandler's philosophical gumshoe Philip Marlowe that you forget he's totally wrong for the part. Based on Chandler's The Little Sister, Marlowe involves the detective's efforts to locate the missing brother of Orfamay Quest (Sharon Farrell). He follows the clues to two men who deny any knowledge of the brother's existence. Since both men soon find themselves on the wrong end of an ice pick, Marlowe deduces that there's more to this caper than a mere missing-person case. The plot thickens as more "dramatis personae" are added to the intrigues, including TV star Gayle Hunnicutt, Hunnicutt's gangster boyfriend H.M. Wynant and stripper Rita Moreno. A pre-stardom Bruce Lee shows up as a karate-happy thug who lays waste to Marlowe's office shortly before suffering a spectacular demise. It is preferable to view Marlowe in videocassette or theatrical form; the commercial TV print cuts so much out that viewers are left with virtually nothing but protection leader and a few close-ups of James Garner.
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James Garner
as Philip Marlowe
Carroll O'Connor
as Lt. Christy French
Rita Moreno
as Dolores Gonzales
Sharon Farrell
as Orfamay Quest
Gayle Hunnicutt
as Mavis Wald
William Daniels
as Mr. Crowell
H.M. Wynant
as Sonny Steelgrave
Jackie Coogan
as Grant W. Hicks
Kenneth Tobey
as Sgt. Fred Beifus
Nate Esformes
as Paleface
Bruce Lee
as Winslow Wong
George Tyne
as Oliver Hady
Paul Stevens
as Dr. Vincent Lagardie
Roger Newman
as Orrin Quest
Sonny Steelgrave
as H.M. Wynant
Ted Derby
as Tiger Man
Read Morgan
as Gumpshaw
Chet Stratton
as Harold Munsey
Hoke Howell
as Intern
Mark Allen
as Attendant
Emil Alegata
as Waiter
Isabel Colley
as Receptionist
Tony Conkle
as Pilot
Dee Carroll
as Nurse
Jack English
as Director
Lou Whitehill
as Assistant Director
Tom Monroe
as Policeman
Camille Grant
as Belly Dancer
Fay Wilkie
as Psychologist
Buddy Garion
as Maitre d'
Paul Micale
as Waiter
Angus Duncan
as TV Actor
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Critic Reviews for Marlowe

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

enjoyable as a period piece, letting us see an older character in a then-modern setting

Full Review… | October 2, 2013
Film School Rejects

Garner's not the best Marlowe, but he's far from the worst - which also applies to this movie.

March 31, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

A thoroughly enjoyable Philip Marlowe mystery.

Full Review… | February 18, 2003
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October 7, 2005
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November 18, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Marlowe


Not quite a film noir, though several of the plot elements are present. Great to see Lee playing the heavy and Moreno... well... let's just say it's great seeing Rita doing what she does so well. Carroll was mostly typecast for these few years, but Garner shows just a hint of Bogart as he tries on a detective's persona. Glad he went back to his Maverick persona for the Rockford Files.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

garner steps in2 the detective's shoes and gives him a swinging sixties sensibility also gets a star for bruce lee's all too brief part.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Very enjoyable mystery with Garner terrific in the lead, The film definitely has shades of Jim Rockford looking back at it now.

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