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EP1445: Philip Marlowe: The Busy Body

Gerald Mohr
Marlowe investigates a case where a body is found and keeps disappearing.

Original Air Date: June 18, 1949

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EP1439: Philip Marlowe: The Pigeon’s Blood

Gerald Mohr

Marlowe recovered to recover rubies owned by French survivors of the Nazi occupation.

Original Air Date: June 11, 1949

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EP1433: Philip Marlowe: The Unfair Lady
Marlowe goes South of the Border to find who's behind a series of diamond thefts.

Original Air Date: June 4, 1949

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EP1427: Philip Marlowe: The Ebony Link

Gerald Mohr

Marlowe helps a disabled man whose being blackmailed over his wife for the second time in six months.

Original Air Date: May 28, 1949

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EP1421: Philip Marlowe: Night Tide

Gerald Mohr
Marlowe is hired by a businessman who is concerned that a dock worker he sent to prison is out for vengeance.

Original Air Date: May 21, 1949

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EP1415: Philip Marlowe: The Promise to Pay

Gerald Mohr

A young businessman hires Marlowe after he's blackmailed over a marker he gave to a gambler that could ruin his career.

Original Air Date: May 14, 1949

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Book Review: Trouble Is My Business

Trouble is My Business collects four Philip Marlowe novellas written by Raymond Chandler. The stories were originally published in magazines such as the Black Mask with other detective heroes but were rewritten with Marlowe as the hero after the character became popular. However, other than that, the stories remained essentially the same. While Chandler thought he could improve on his Black Mask stories, he found that trying to do so destroyed them, so essentially we had the stories in their original form.

The titular story for the collection, "Trouble Is My Business" is pretty much a typical hard boiled private eye story and the one that felt most like several elements had already been incorporated in other Marlowe novels. A rich man hires Marlowe to prevent his son from marrying a designing woman and a series of violent incidents follow.

"Finger Man" is a much more intriguing story. Marlowe is the only witness against a mob boss' henchman and at the same time, an old friend asks Marlowe to help watch him as he goes to do some high stakes gambling and before you know it Marlowe finds himself framed for murder.

"Goldfish" finds Marlowe following a clue from an old policewoman in search of missing pearls and a pardoned criminal who keeps Goldfish. This is a great story that takes Marlowe out of LA for once and with some great hard boiled characters thrown in.

"Red Wind" is a Marlowe story that's been oft adapted to radio and television with both of the Golden Age Philip Marlowe radio series taking a turn at it, as well as for the 1980s Philip Marlowe TV series and the 1990s Series, "Fallen Angels." While out at a bar, Marlowe stumbles on a murder and then finds a woman who, though innocent in the crime, has nonetheless been caught up in a web of blackmail and deceit through no fault of her own. This is nearly a perfect hard boiled story. More than any other story or even novel, it highlight Marlowe as the knight in tarnished armor with his sense of honor guiding his actions through a very sketchy situation. It also is a great hardboiled story with some great characters and solid action. Given that this is only a short story, Red Wind delivers a lot.

Overall, this is a great collection of hard boiled fiction that really stands the test of time with each short story topping itself in quality.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5.0

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EP1409: Philip Marlowe: The Feminine Touch

Gerald Mohr

Marlowe is hired by the father of a wild daughter who has fallen for a motorcycle stunt rider and whose partners have sent the father a threatening note.

Original Air Date: May 7, 1949

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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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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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