One of my favorite fictional characters has always been Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled private eye Philip Marlowe. The wisecracking Sir Galahad of the streets inspired a plethora of imitators, and has been portrayed onscreen by the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum, among others. This week, we’ll take a look at three films featuring the iconic detective:

Dick Powell in MURDER, MY SWEET

Robert Montgomery in LADY IN THE LAKE

Robert Altman’s THE LONG GOODBYE

Plus: Philip Marlowe on the small screen!


  1. I adore Marlowe. In addition to many film representations, Toby Stephens does an outstanding Marlowe in the BBC radio dramatizations. Also, if you haven’t seen it, there’s an interesting version of Red Wind with Danny Glover as a black Marlowe. Doesn’t quite work, but Glover is great (and you can find it on YouTube).

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