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½ September 8, 2016
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.
½ August 31, 2016
A little too ambitious, but enjoyable nonetheless. Bruce Lee's cameo was also pretty good.
August 28, 2016
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.
July 31, 2014
Raymond Chandler's iconic private investigator Philip Marlowe has been portrayed by some of the best actors. James Garner adds his name to the list with his wonderful performance here. His laconic laid back persona fits the character and perfectly delivers those great one liners one expects from a Raymond Chandler character. Marlowe in a late 1960s setting is an interesting proposition and this one is certainly a movie of its time. The clothing, music and settings of a movie from this era are unmistakable for good or bad. Without Garner's performance this movie would probably not hold up but overall it is very entertaining.
½ July 21, 2014
James Garner epitomized easy charm but this dated rehash of Chandler does him no favors. The plot, which sees Marlowe/Garner working to find a missing brother but getting tangled up in blackmail and icepick murders, doesn't quite hold together - unintentional ellipses, I think. But whoa, what is Bruce Lee doing here? (Not to mention Caroll O'Connor as a cop and Rita Moreno as a stripper). The sixties California vibe hangs heavy but the film is still very tame (not unlike the milieu for Paul Newman's earlier Harper). This could have been made for TV (when that meant cheap) and it pales in comparison to my faded memories of the Rockford Files. Still, it is always pleasant to spend some time with Garner and his way with a witticism. Rest in peace.
January 19, 2014
Fairly enjoyable as a period piece. James Garner is entertaining as always. Bruce Lee makes an interesting appearance.
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½ January 15, 2014
Very enjoyable mystery with Garner terrific in the lead, The film definitely has shades of Jim Rockford looking back at it now.
January 22, 2013
Cult ! not "avant'' but ''sans-le-lettre'' (pardon my french).
½ December 29, 2012
1960s vibe meets film noir. Uneven and mostly dull but Garner shines and the Bruce Lee cameo remains captivating.
December 17, 2012
James Garner is LA private detective Marlowe who is hired by a young girl to find her missing brother. What starts as a simple job turns into a mystery involving a high profile Hollywood actress, a ruthless gangster, cops, strippers, and one questionable doctor. Garner is very smooth as Marlowe. The standouts in this film include a wow striptease and incredible performance by Rita Moreno, who is smoking hot and a face off between Marlowe and Bruce Lee in his film debut. Enjoyable enough.

Dolores Gonzáles: [responding, mid-striptease, to Philip Marlowe's question] The streets are paved with forgotten husbands!
November 30, 2011
James Garner would tackle the private dick full force on TV five years after Marlowe w/ The Rockford Files (which in itself is a great show) but here he has an entertaining vehicle that is carried more by charisma on his behalf then the actually script. That's not a shot @ it but he's better then the material. Everyone is which makes it highly watchable. My rating may be a bit high for it actually but it is pumped up by @ least a half of a star because of the two scenes w/ Bruce Lee. For him alone it's worth the price of admission. Just fantastic as Lee kicks the living shit out of Garner's office & is going to kung fu the piss out of him on a terrace only to over estimate his skills leaping to his death. I gave out a sorrow filled sigh when he went. His appearance was masterful
½ May 21, 2011
Consensus online seems to be that this isn't "noir" enough for purists, but it's still a lot of fun. The 60s touches can be a little on the ridiculous side, but in an engaging way. Hippies, burlesque, martial arts, Rita Moreno...
March 12, 2011
Ground work for The Rockford Files. Basically the same character. Loved the fight sceene between him and Bruce Lee
September 19, 2010
Cult ! not "avant'' but ''sans-le-lettre'' (pardon my french).
July 19, 2010
Good updating of Raymond Chandler's "The Little Sister" with James Garner as Phillip Marlowe. Bruce Lee also shows up in a small supporting role, in his first US film appearance. This film eared an extra star from me just by virtue of James Garner being awesome.
½ April 30, 2010
20-odd years after Dick Powell and Humphrey Bogart immortalized Philip Marlowe on screen in Murder, My Sweet and The Big Sleep respectively (among others), James Garner takes a turn in this adaptation of The Little Sister. Garner's Marlowe is glib, sarcastic, cool, and detached in all the wrong ways. It's a fine performance, played mostly for laughs though (and reminded this writer of Fletch), which doesn't quite suit the tone of the story. Otherwise, it's a mildly entertaining detective story that's not quite as entertaining and as exciting as it could've been.
½ August 14, 2009
Fine performance by a pre-Rockford James Garner in this well-paced detective thriller. the way Garner disposes of Bruce Lee is a classic moment!!!
May 10, 2009
Gotta admit, I have a bit of a weak spot for these old gumshoe flicks.
March 29, 2009
Most people will probably watch this film because of Bruce Lee's scene-stealing turn as a mobe assasin who's weapon is his unearthly martial arts skill. Bruce is great, but there is more to reccomend this film than him. The film is an adaptation of a Raymond Chandler novel, "Little Sister," updated to 1969 and featuring the always great James Garner (but somewhat miscast) as Phillip Marlowe. The other show-stopping performance is by Rita moreno as a stripper. This film can be seen as the missing link between HARPE and THE LONG GOODBYE, as private eyes with 1940s sensibilities tried to adjust to "modern" LA.
January 20, 2009
Garner gets Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled private-eye all wrong, and he isnt helped by the story being set in the 60's. Still there are two great cameo's from Jackie Coogan (Addams Family's Uncle Fester) and a memorable star-making turn from Bruce Lee.
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