Chandler's 5th novel has Philip Marlowe going to Hollywood as he explores the underworld of glitter capital, trying to find a sweet young thing's missing brother.
A movie starlet with a gangster boyfriend and a pair of siblings with a shared secret lure Marlowe into the less than glamorous and more than a little dangerous world of Hollywood fame. Chandler's first foray into the industry that dominates the company town that is Los Angeles.
Detective Philip Marlowe probes the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles in search of a woman's missing sister.
Release Date: October 22, 1969
Release Time: 96 minutes
James Garner as Philip Marlowe
Gayle Hunnicutt as Mavis Wald
Carroll O'Connor as Lt. Christy French
Rita Moreno as Dolores Gonzáles
Sharon Farrell as Orfamay Quest
William Daniels as Mr. Crowell
H.M. Wynant as Sonny Steelgrave
Jackie Coogan as Grant W. Hicks
Kenneth Tobey as Sgt. Fred Beifus
Bruce Lee as Winslow Wong
Christopher Cary as Chuck
George Tyne as Oliver Hady
Corinne Camacho as Julie
Paul Stevens as Dr. Vincent Lagardie
Roger Newman as Orrin Quest
Anna Lee Carroll as Mona
Read Morgan as Gumpshaw
Raymond Thornton Chandler was an American novelist and screenwriter.
In 1932, at age forty-four, Raymond Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Depression. His first short story, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot", was published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. In addition to his short stories, Chandler published just seven full novels during his lifetime (though an eighth in progress at his death was completed by Robert B. Parker). All but Playback have been realized into motion pictures, some several times. In the year before he died, he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died on March 26, 1959, in La Jolla, California.
Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature, and is considered by many to be a founder, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and other Black Mask writers, of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. Chandler's Philip Marlowe, along with Hammett's Sam Spade, are considered by some to be synonymous with "private detective," both having been played on screen by Humphrey Bogart, whom many considered to be the quintessential Marlowe.
Some of Chandler's novels are considered to be important literary works, and three are often considered to be masterpieces: Farewell, My Lovely (1940), The Little Sister (1949), and The Long Goodbye (1953). The Long Goodbye is praised within an anthology of American crime stories as "arguably the first book since Hammett's The Glass Key, published more than twenty years earlier, to qualify as a serious and significant mainstream novel that just happened to possess elements of mystery".