Philip Marlowe, Private Eye

Season 2 Episode 4

Guns at Cyrano's

Aired Unknown May 18, 1986 on HBO
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Guns at Cyrano's
Benny Cyrano owns a nightclub, a gym, and Duke Targo, who could become the next heavyweight champ. But somebody's been pressuring Duke to take a dive in his next big fight, and Cyrano hires Marlowe to make sure it doesn't happen. The shakedown seems to be linked to Duke's girl, Jean, and when Marlowe discovers a link to the newly installed boxing commissioner, he has to act fast before somebody goes down for the count...for good.moreless

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  • A weaker-than-usual installment, and more signs that Season 2 doesn't quite measure up to Season 1.

    "Guns at Cyrano's" has a lot going for it. For one thing, Roxanne Hart as the femme fatale of the week delivers a smoldering performance and she has good chemistry with Powers Boothe. As much as I liked Annie Riordan, it's nice to keep Marlowe unattached and open for flings.

    The other supporting actors are good, too. John Ireland as the duplicitous Senator Courtway and former Felix Leiter Cec Linder does a nice turn as Cyrano. Ken Pogue is back as the bulldog cop, Lt. Angus.

    So what is wrong with the episode? The story is rushed. Marlowe figures it all out because he's supposed to, and we really don't see the usual amount of detective work. And the final reveal about the fate of Courtway's daughter comes so far out of left field it'll leave your head spinning. Much of the information comes to Marlowe from the conversation with Jean Adrian's singing partner...he doesn't have to work for his supper at all.

    Still, Powers Boothe is always immensely watchable in the role, and he gets a few fight and love scenes in this one. The reproductions of the fight and the nightclub are also well done. It's put together alright and looks slick, but "Guns at Cyrano's" suffers from a script that could have used some more time on the writer's desk before going before the cameras.moreless
John Ireland

John Ireland

Senator Courtway

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Roxanne Hart

Roxanne Hart

Jean Adrian

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Cec Linder

Cec Linder

Benny Cyrano

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