The Adventures of Philip Marlowe!

Since Anthony asked about this earlier, I figured I’d just make a quick post about it!  (Easier to find on the site than a comment on a post, heh.)

You may have heard of writer Raymond Chandler’s famous character before, Philip Marlowe–a hardboiled, wisecracking private eye.  Several movies have been made featuring this character, including The Big Sleep (1946) with Humphrey Bogart as Marlowe and a later adaptation The Long Goodbye (1973) featuring Elliott Gould, as well as some TV and radio adaptations.

Lots of radio adaptations.

I’ve only seen a couple of the movies like The Long Goodbye and listened to a handful of the radio episodes, particularly the ones voiced by Gerald Mohr.  (I admit, I have a weakness for his voice! lol)  Though, they were very entertaining and I’ve very much derived inspiration from them.

Anyway, if you’re into film noir and detective pulp adventures, then you should definitely check out some of the radio episodes from The Adventures of Philip Marlowe on the Internet Archive.  They’ve got a pretty big collection there and you can listen to them and even download some onto your MP3 player!

Great for a listen while you’re stuck commuting in traffic. 😉

Now, how about a movie trailer?


5 thoughts on “The Adventures of Philip Marlowe!

  1. I’m glad you posted this, because I was considering posting about it myself, and I would have totally geeked out and gone on for far too long. And, no, I’m not old enough to have heard these when they were broadcast (though I am old enough to have listened to them on audio cassettes 🙂 ).

    It was a really good show (and I’ve heard a lot of detective radio shows from that era), and Gerald Mohr was excellent. First class radio actor (sometimes, when things suddenly start going really badly, one of my characters will say, “Oh, fine.” and I always hear it in Mohr’s voice).

    As for the movies, The Big Sleep is terrific, of course. The plot doesn’t completely make sense, mostly because a gay subplot was removed (hey, this was the 1940s) and one of the murders in the book depended on that.

    Farewell My Lovely is also excellent (with Robert Mitchum). The Long Goodbye was directed by Robert Altman, and I reviewed it here:


  2. Cassettes? What are those?


    (J/K, I have to use one for my MP3 player to work in my car. :P)

    Oh man! I feel like such a baby just learning about all this stuff–like there are a million and one things I must read/watch/listen to/experience and I have to do it all as soon as possible because I may just outright die at any moment without having seen enough; Philip Marlowe was just one of those things.

    …And then I discovered dieselpunk and the OSS, so now I’m stuck on those things instead, haha. (I go through curiously noticeable phases, as you may notice throughout this blog.)

    Anyways, thanks for sharing the link and all. I think I shall peruse that more later!


    • Mark, that’s really true. Did people ever actually talk like that? I hope so, but I have my doubts.

      I favor Hammett slightly, but both were great. And, unlike some genres, the novels transfer very well to movies with almost no changes needed. When John Huston was ready to direct his first movie, Howard Hawks handed him a copy of The Maltese Falcon and basically said, “Just film this. This is your script.” And pretty much everything in the movie is directly from the book (as far as the censors would allow anyway).


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