Philip Marlowe, Private Eye

Season 1 Episode 1

The Pencil

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Aired Unknown Apr 16, 1983 on HBO
7.9
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The Pencil
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Marlowe is hired by the cops to keep tabs on a mob account, Sal Vaccaro. The mob is gunning for him after he cooked the books and ran off with their money. Marlowe hides Vaccaro out in a hotel with the help of his girl Friday, Annie Riordan, but it soon becomes clear that Marlowe is being played. And if he can't figure it all out, Vaccaro won't be the only one pushing up daisies.moreless

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  • "Hello, Marlowe..."

    10
    The first episode aired, "The Pencil" serves as a great introduction to Powers Boothe as Philip Marlowe and the world he inhabits.



    The chemistry between Booth and Kathryn Leigh Scott as Annie Riordan sizzles, and it might as well be out of a 1940s film noir. Therein lies the genius of this show...it feels like it was plucked right out of that era and filmed. Nothing about the show (the acting, costumes, music, sets) screams 1980s, and the entire affair has a classic quality.



    It's classic Chandler, right from the pages of his own story. The villains are uncompromising, nobody's cute and people bleed when they get hit. One episode in and this series cements its reputation as the best TV or film adaptation of Chandler's work to date.moreless
David Healy

David Healy

Sal Vacaro

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Bruce Boa

Bruce Boa

Don Luigi

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Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies

Scalise

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Kathryn Leigh Scott

Kathryn Leigh Scott

Annie Riordan

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William Kearns

William Kearns

Lt. Violet Magee

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