Thursday, March 26, 2009

Marlowe at the Movies

The incomparable Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye) died 50 years ago today. To celebrate the great novelist’s memory, J. Kingston Pierce at The Rap Sheet has put together a really special tribute:Italic
In commemoration of this being the 50th anniversary of the death of oil company exec-turned-crime novelist Raymond Chandler, I’ve put together a collection of trailers from the various 20th-century film adaptations of his private eye Philip Marlowe novels.

After some experience penning screenplays for Hollywood, Chandler came to despise the movie-making business; yet producers were willing to pay big bucks for Chandler’s stories, and he was no less willing to take their checks and cash them. Under those terms, most of the seven Marlowe books were brought to the silver screen, several of them more than once, though the results weren’t always sympathetic to their source material.
That article -- with trailers -- is here.

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