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29Oct/140

EP1403: Philip Marlowe: The Lady in the Mink

Gerald Mohr

Philip Marlowe is hired to find a woman's sister before she commits murder.

Original Air Date: April 30, 1949

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22Oct/140

EP1397: Philip Marlowe: The Cloak of Kamehameha

Gerald Mohr
Marlowe is sent to Hawaii to facilitate the sale of an all-feather cloak to find someone bordered his plane under Marlowe's name.

Original Air Date: April 23, 1949

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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

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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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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8Oct/140

EP1385: Philip Marlowe: The Name to Remember

Gerald Mohr
Marlowe is hired to find out the identity of a man with a t-shirt who has been stalking his client. The client is found dead and he's not the only one.

Original Air Date: April 9, 1949

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1Oct/140

EP1379: Philip Marlowe: The Last Laugh

Gerald Mohr

Marlowe attends the reading of a willing only to find the testator very much alive--but not for long.

Original Air Date: April 2, 1949

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24Sep/141

EP1373: Philip Marlowe: The Green Flame

Gerald Mohr
Marlowe has to find a dead columnist got a story that landed his magazine in court for libel.

Original Air Date: March 26, 1949

 

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17Sep/140

EP1367: Philip Marlowe: The Dancing Hands

Gerald Mohr

Philip Marlowe is hired by a twin sister in a piano sister act to investigate a man.

Original Air Date: March 19, 1949

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10Sep/140

EP1361: Philip Marlowe: The Grim Hunters

Gerald Mohr
Marlowe is lured to a party as a human item in a scavenger hunt. Things take a serious turn when he finds the woman who called him was murdered.

Original Air Date: March 12, 1949

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