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19Oct/140

Video Theater 057: Philip Marlowe: The Ugly Ducking

Marlowe pays off a wealthy young woman's husband's mistress, but she doublecrosses him and turns up dead.

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Original Air Date: October 6, 1959

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18Oct/140

EP1394: Dragnet: Police Academy

Jack Webb
Friday and Romero investigate a series of robberies while a friend tries to join the Police Academy.

Original Air Date: August 25, 1949

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18Oct/140

Book Review: The Little Sister

The Little Sister shows some features of some of the best Marlowe stories, but the fifth book in this series just doesn't stand up to its predecessors.

In The Little Sister it starts simply enough when a bored Marlowe is hired by the little sister of a man who moved to LA from Manhattan, Kansas and has stopped writing.

As is usual, Marlowe plunges into a case that gets him into the midst of a shady underworld, of Hollywood, and of course puts him on the bad side of police.

The story is worth reading once and has some classic Marlowe moments. Towards the end of the book, a couple of cops who've had to put up with Marlowe playing fast and loose with murders and bodies tell Marlowe off and it's a beautiful moment when the characters come to life.

It is a rare moment in this story. In 250 pages, I lost track of how many bodies were dropped and who killed them all. So many characters come and go, we really get no impression of them. There's no character in this book I really connected with in the same way I did with characters in, "Lady in the Lake," and "The Big Sleep."

Another thing that hurts the book is the focus. In the first four novels, Marlowe's scorn is directed at big city crime, crooked Los Angeles (and nearby communities) police forces. Marlowe's bile is justified because he knows of what he speaks. In the Little Sister, he uses a combination of a dirty mind and experience with two kids from Manhattan, Kansas as the basis for all sorts of psychological deductions about what a small town is like. It feels less like Marlowe's making street wise observations on life and more like he's expressing poorly informed prejudices.

Don't get me wrong. This isn't a bad book, but it doesn't measure up to Chandler's other works.

Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0

 

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17Oct/140

EP1393: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Funny Money Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny investigates when an insured pays off his policy with thousands of dollars in counterfeit money.

Original Air Date: June 30, 1957

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16Oct/140

EP1392: Nick Carter: The Case of the Clumsy Forgeries

Lon Clark

Nick investigates the case of a wealthy heart patient who appears to have been murdered.

Original Air Date: June 11, 1946

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15Oct/140

EP1391: Philip Marlowe: Heat Wave

Gerald Mohor

Marlowe is hired the identity of a burlesque dancer by a woman who think she's her sister.

Original Air Date: April 16, 1949

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14Oct/140

EP1390:Easy Money: The Gem Switch

Larry Haines
A small jewelry store has a $5,000 ruby disappear and be replaced with a duplicate. Mike Trent thinks he knows how to get it back-with the aid of a third hand.

Original Air Date: December 19, 1954

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13Oct/140

EP1389: The Saint: The Color Blind Killer

Vincent Price

The Saint tries to unravel a string of murders on a cruise ship.

Original Air Date: September 18, 1949

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11Oct/141

Telefilm Review: Dead Man’s Folly

In the Series 13 film, Ariadne Oliver’s been hire to set up a “Murder Hunt” for a fête, which is a sort of  bazaar or carnival. However, Oliver is suspicious by some changes requested to her scenario and calls Poirot in for help.

Trouble starts with the actual murder of the Girl Guide who was to play the victim in the murder hunt. This is followed by the disappearance of the lady of the house.

This is a solid mystery that lives up to the highest standards of the Poirot series. I also preferred this over the Peter Ustinov version from the 1980s, if for no other reason than I really had trouble buying Jean Stapleton as Mrs. Oliver in the Ustinov version while Zoe Wanamaker carries the role off with style.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5.0

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11Oct/141

EP1388: Dragnet: Production 11 (aka Sixteen Jewel Thefts)

Jack Webb
Friday and Romero search for a jewel thief whose committed sixteen robberies in sixteen nights.

Original Air Date: August 18, 1949

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