Philip Marlowe, Private Eye

Season 1 Episode 3

Finger Man

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Aired Unknown Apr 30, 1983 on HBO
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Finger Man
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Hiring Marlowe is proving to be hazardous to one's health. After two clients end up dead and when he is framed for doing in one of them, Marlowe must battle with the cops, the mob and a grand jury investigation to get out of a frame. And what a frame - they've got his gun as the murder weapon and $25,000 the victim had given to Marlowe for safe keeping. With trouble from all sides and a beautiful woman who may not be what she seems, Marlowe tries to finger the right man before he takes the fall.moreless

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  • More insight into Marlowe's relationships with the cops and the underworld

    7.4
    "Finger Man" finds Marlowe as a grand jury witness and a murder suspect, all in the same hour. We get to see the Marlowe/Magee relationship strained; it's interesting to see that Magee is loyal to Marlowe, but isn't willing to overlook the evidence that suggests Marlowe killed Lou Harger. Willaim Hootkins (who I recognized as "Porkins" from Star Wars) is the mob boss who bears more than a passing resemblance to Hammett's Casper Gutman. He's a giddy menace but stays threatening despite his jovial appearance. In fact this story had a lot in common with Hammett, right down to the ending, which was reminiscent of The Maltese Falcon.



    No Annie Riordan this time out, and I didn't think that Gayle Hunnicut was very strong in the Sally Glen role. A better actress might have beefed up this part of the story. Still, a solid episode and not my least favorite of the season.



    On a random note, it was odd to see Ed Bishop as the D.A. I had heard his voice as Philip Marlowe in BBC audio adaptations of the novels, so to give him a face was fun. Though after seeing and hearing Powers Boothe, Bishop's Marlowe can't measure up!moreless
Ed Bishop

Ed Bishop

District Attorney

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Gayle Hunnicutt

Gayle Hunnicutt

Sally Glen

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David Baxt

David Baxt

Sneyd

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William Kearns

William Kearns

Lt. Violet Magee

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