Philip Marlowe, Private Eye

Season 1 Episode 2

The King in Yellow

Aired Unknown Apr 23, 1983 on HBO



  • Trivia

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

  • Quotes

    • 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?

    • Marlowe: Hollywood was sweating out one of those summer nights, so heavy you could peel the air off like paint off an old studio lot.

    • Marlowe: Dolores Chiozza, a face like angel cake and a body to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.

    • Marlowe: In 24 hours, my executive suite had hardly changed at all. Two new bills rushing the first of the month, two chairs that had never been introduced and a carpet a cat wouldn't have kittens on. I needed a case.

    • Blossom: The King's a friend of mine! Let him in!
      Marlowe: Friend, huh? You planning on massaging his trumpet or lifting his wallet?

    • Dolores: I think Mr. Marlowe would like me to buy him a drink.
      Marlowe: Sounds like I just won second prize.
      Dolores: What's first?
      Marlowe: Letting me buy you one.

    • Marlowe: Has Leopardi showed up yet?
      Bartender: Are you a song-plugger?
      Marlowe: Old friend of his from Princeton.
      Bartender: (incredulous) Princeton?
      Marlowe: (hands him a $10 bill) Coulda been Yale.
      Bartender: Upstairs, last door on the right.

  • Notes

    • "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.

  • Allusions