Marlowe

Marlowe

Marlowe (1969) is a neo-noir movie starring James Garner as Raymond Chandler's detective Philip Marlowe, and directed by Paul Bogart. The mystery film was written by Stirling Silliphant based on Chandler's 1949 novel The Little Sister. The supporting cast includes Bruce Lee, Gayle Hunnicutt, Rita Moreno, Carroll O'Connor and Jackie Coogan.

The film foreshadowed James Garner's second Los Angeles P.I. character Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files. Many of the wisecracking Marlowe lines incorporated by Silliphant for this movie were taken directly from Chandler's novel.

Stirling Silliphant is best known for his Academy-award winning screenplay for In the Heat of the Night (1967) and creating the television series Route 66 and Naked City. The movie also introduced martial arts legend Bruce Lee to many American film viewers.

The film's title song Little Sister (named after the novel from which the film is derived) is provided by the group Orpheus.

Plot

Los Angeles private-eye Philip Marlowe is trying to locate the brother of his new client, a woman named Orfamay Quest. The trail leads to two men who deny any knowledge of the brother's existence. Both are soon killed by an ice pick, so Marlowe deduces that there's much more to this than a simple missing-person case.

Marlowe's path crosses that of a blackmailed movie star, Mavis Wald, and her friend, exotic dancer Dolores ("With an O"). A mobster sends karate expert Winslow Wong to bust up Marlowe's office and warn him off the case, while Lieutenant French also cautions the detective to stay out of the police's way.

Hand-to-hand combat between the martial-arts artist and detective leads to Wong's plummeting to his death off a balcony. Several more die along the way in a case that leads to a final shootout during a striptease.

Cast

James Garner as Philip Marlowe
Gayle Hunnicutt as Mavis Wald
Carroll O'Connor as Lt. Christy French
Rita Moreno as Dolores Gonzáles
Sharon Farrell as Orfamay Quest
William Daniels as Mr. Crowell
H.M. Wynant as Sonny Steelgrave
Jackie Coogan as Grant W. Hicks
Kenneth Tobey as Sgt. Fred Beifus
Bruce Lee as Winslow Wong
Christopher Cary as Chuck
George Tyne as Oliver Hady
Corinne Camacho as Julie
Paul Stevens as Dr. Vincent Lagardie
Roger Newman as Orrin Quest
Read Morgan as Gumpshaw

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