Philip Marlowe, Private Eye

HBO (ended 1986)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 6

    Red Wind

    Aired 6/3/86

  • S 2 : Ep 5

    Trouble Is My Business

    Aired 5/25/86

  • S 2 : Ep 4

    Guns at Cyrano's

    Aired 5/18/86

  • S 2 : Ep 3

    Pickup on Noon Street

    Aired 5/11/86

  • S 2 : Ep 2

    Spanish Blood

    Aired 5/4/86

  • Cast & Crew
  • Powers Boothe

    Philip Marlowe

  • Kathryn Leigh Scott

    Annie Riordan

  • William Kearns

    Lt. "Violets" Magee

  • John Ireland

    Benny Cyrano

  • Helen Shaver

    Belle Delaguerra

  • show Description
  • "I put the duster away folded with the dust in it, leaned back and just sat, not smoking, not even thinking. I was a blank man. I had no face, no meaning, no personality, hardly a name. I didn't want to eat. I didn't even want a drink. I was the page from yesterday's calendar crumpled at the bottom of the waste basket." - From Raymond Chandler's The Little SisterWelcome to the Philip Marlowe, Private Eye guide at!This series was HBO's first original dramatic series, and it starred Emmy Award winner Powers Boothe (Sin City, Deadwood, Tombstone, 24) as Raymond Chandler's legendary private detective. Each episode was adapted from a Chandler short story. This series features some of the only instances that certain Chandler stories have been translated to the screen.The series aired on HBO in the 1980's. In 1998, HBO produced a movie based on Chandler's novel Poodle Springs, starring James Caan as Marlowe.The entire series is available to own on DVD from Goldhil Media.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (35)

    • Vacaro: What would you say to five thousand dollars? Marlowe: Nothing. We've never been introduced.

    • Magee: How are you fixed for time? Marlowe: Busier than a flea on a fat lady.

    • Vacaro: How long you gonna leave me in this dump? Marlowe: Dump?! A set of Chippendale furniture could graduate this place into the slum class.

    • Marlowe: You want to get a guy who's been penciled out of the country, you need a magic carpet. One wrong move, you might as well look for a place to fall down.

    • Marlowe: (to Annie Riordan) I wouldn't trade you for a pitcher and two centerfielders.

    • Marlowe: Magee? Magee: Yeah? Marlowe: Too much candy rots your teeth. Magee: They're false already!

    • Marlowe: I'm an occasional drinker, the kind of guy who goes out for a beer and wakes up in Singapore with a full beard.

    • (Marlowe has found two girls in King Leopardi's hotel room) Kitty: We just stopped by to sell Girl Scout cookies. Marlowe: Well, no one's buying. So why don't you sew up your pajamas till the longshoreman's convention comes to town?

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    Notes (15)

    • "The Pencil" was published posthumously in 1959 and was originally titled "Marlowe Takes on the Syndicate."

    • "The King in Yellow" was published in 1938. Originally, the protagonist was a character named Steve Grayce, but when the story was republished it was changed to Marlowe.

    • "Finger Man" was originally published by Raymond Chandler in 1934. It featured an unnamed narrator who was later changed to Philip Marlowe when the story was republished.

    • "Finger Man" was originally published by Raymond Chandler in 1934. It featured an unnamed narrator who was later changed to Philip Marlowe when the story was republished.

    • "Nevada Gas" was originally published in 1935 in Black Mask magazine.

    • "Smart Aleck Kill" was originally published in 1934. The original detective was a Chicago PI named Mallory. Later, when the story was republished in "The Simple Art of Murder," Chandler changed the character to John Dalmas.

    • In their review of the second season of Philip Marlowe, Private Eye, the New York Times said, "Mr. Boothe creates an emotionally convincing Marlowe. His private eye prefers to be an objective observer rather than a soiled participant but, when pushed, he leaves no doubt about who is in charge. Dark, dour, almost sullen but not quite sour, this Marlowe would have had Raymond Chandler's approval."

    • HBO originally ended the series in 1983 because Powers Boothe had other commitments. However, after observing the success of Murder, She Wrote and other mystery shows in the mid 1980s, HBO resurrected the show for a second, six-episode season.

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    Trivia (6)

    • King Leopardi's hit song that Marlowe is listening to when the episode opens is titled, "Lady, You Know My Number."

    • Marlowe's license number is 137596. (Coincidentally, this is also Sam Spade's license number.)

    • Ed Bishop, who appears in this episode as a district attorney, played Philip Marlowe in a series of BBC Radio adaptations of the Chandler novels in the 1970s and 1980s.

    • In this episode, we learn that Annie Riordan (Marlowe's girl Friday from Season One) has left town.

    • The murdered private investigator, Arbogast, shares a name with Martin Balsam's character in Hitchock's Psycho (1960). In the film, Arbogast is also a private detective who meets an untimely end.

    • Angelo Rizacos appears as Frisky. He had previously appeared as the ill-fated Tony in "Guns at Cyrano's."

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    Allusions (1)

    • "Nevada Gas" The title refers to cyanide. Marlowe calls it "Nevada gas" because it is the method of executing criminals in Nevada. The term is used several times in the episode.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The definitive on-screen Philip Marlowe

    By jamoon2006, May 25, 2007