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Philip Marlowe: Private Eye

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Whether he's hot on the trail of a ruthless kidnapper or entangled in the gruesome murder of a Hollywood hopeful, the zealous Philip Marlowe always gets his man. Set in the smog-shrouded streets of 1930's Los Angeles, Philip Marlowe: Private Eye consists of adaptations of classic stories from famous mystery author, Raymond Chandler. Chandler's superb story telling and Emmy-winner Powers Boothe's (24, Deadwood) impeccable portrayal of the hardboiled Marlowe make for a winning combination.

Episodes:

1. Blackmailers Don't Shoot - Marlowe is hired to sniff out blackmailers who are bothering a movie queen and girlfriend of racketeer Lucky Landry.

2. Spanish Blood - Marlowe finds himself embroiled with corrupt politicians, cops on the take and with a beautiful grieving widow.

3. Pickup on Noon Street - Marlowe investigates the gruesome murder of a young Hollywood hopeful and uncovers a vice ring and more!

4. Guns at Cyrano's - Marlowe is hired to uncover a threat to a boxer and discovers that his girlfriend is involved in a web of political blackmail.

5. Trouble is My Business - Marlowe is hired by a millionaire to buy off the girlfriend of his nephew and heir. Trouble begins when the nephew is murdered with her gun, while plenty of people have motives.

6. Red Wind - Marlowe is hired to recover a stolen string of pearls and soon figures out why people are dying & prematurely.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Powers Boothe
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 324 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QQEY28
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. Warner on October 22, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I liked this show when it was on HBO, but the Mill Creek Entertainment DVD release is literally up the creek. The audio is horrible and the whole thing plays like a silent film. The audio is so low I turned my sound up to the maximum, and it was still like listening to whispering at Church on Sunday.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By NORTON C. BROWNE on August 29, 2007
Format: DVD
This is a rerelease of the Philip Marlowe collection labled as season 1 when it's really season "2". If you don't have the collection already, the sound and picture is as good and it takes up less shelf space but it's not the season 1. If you have the "Philip Marlowe collection" you'll just be doubling up.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2007
Format: DVD
PHILIP MARLOWE: PRIVATE EYE
(Powers Boothe, William Kearns, Kathryn Leigh Scott)

The six episodes in the PHILIP MARLOWE: PRIVATE EYE DVD set are adaptations of Raymond Chandler stories. Powers Boothe portrayed the hard-bitten detective on this second television go-round for Marlowe. This British/Canadian-produced series of eleven one-hour chapters aired from 1983 to '86. According to MILL CREEK's box cover art, these six episodes are from season #1, but they're actually the show's complete second (and last) season.

For the ultimate in vintage cop shows, try Best OF TV DETECTIVES 150 EPISODES, from MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT.

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Episodes below are listed sequentially. Included are original season #2 airdates and guest actors for all.

(.#6) Blackmailers Don't Shoot (S.2, 4/27/86) - Melody Anderson/Allan Royal/Peter Dvorsky/Robert Morelli/August Schellenberg/J. Winston Carroll/Cynthia Belliveau/Wayne Lam/Layne Coleman/Isabelle Mejias/Scott Kurchak

(.#7) Spanish Blood (S.2, 5/4/86) - Frank Pellegrino/John Vernin/Helen Shaver

(.#8) Pickup on Noon Street (S.2, 5/11/86) - Kate Trotter/Christopher Newton/Ken Pogue/Ardon Bess/Al Waxman/Eugene A. Clark/Robin Givens

(.#9) Guns at Cyrano's (S.2, 5/18/86) - Ken Pogue/Roxanne Hart/Frank Moore/Wayne Robson/Alar Aderna/Cec Linder/George Buza/Ian A. Wallace/Angelo Rizacos

(#10) Trouble is My Business (S.2, 5/25/86) - Jennifer Dale/Richard Donat/Paul Hecht/Ed McNamara/Donald Moore/Kate Reid/Angelo Rizacos/Booth Savage/Errol Slue

(#11) Red Wind (S.2, 6/3/86) - Frank Pellegrino/Sherry Flett/Maury Chaykin/Linda Griffiths
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By runner30 on April 23, 2009
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When played on my DVD player & TV, the sound quality of these discs is terrible. I had to crank the volume up to hear the dialog, which then got lost in a hiss. Meanwhile, the music level is fine -- which means when the volume is up, you get lots of hiss punctuated by huge blasts of saxophone. (I've only had sound issues with 1-2 other DVDs on my player, out of 100s, but the player is about 4 years old and the TV is about 10).

The sound quality seems okay, when played on a Mac computer, or on a newer DVD player & digital TV.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on August 26, 2013
Format: DVD
Sure I have been on a Phillip Marlowe run of late, mainly re-reading Raymond Chandler's major crime novels from 1930s and 1940s which feature the tough guy, seen-it-all private detective. Those novels ranging from The Big Sleep to Payback (seven in all) pretty much tell the story of Marlowe's many bouts with the bad guys (and gals) of the world down in sunny Los Angeles before it exploded after World War II into a big time town. A time long ago when a man (or woman) could know that city, that slumming city and its' high and low life without a map. Those novels also developed Marlowe's trademark approaches to things, his forever tilting after windmills for one thing or another, usually a dame in trouble but not always, always playing by his own rules, and not afraid to take a bump or two, or a slug or two, for a client.

Some of those traits, and Chandler's early character development of Marlowe, were first written in some short stories in the 1930s collected in one volume called Trouble Is My Business (the original twelve story volume not the more recent four story volume or the Library of America volume). Those twelve short stories were presented in a British television series in 1983 under the title Phillip Marlowe Private Eye, the DVD under review, starring Powers Boothe as out intrepid P.I. And while, for my money, it is always better with Chandler, and fellow crime novel pioneer Dashiell Hammett, to read their works to get a real flavor of how he presented Marlowe over time this series is worth watching.

Of course there have been many Marlowes starting with the king hell king Marlowe, Humphrey Bogart, in The Big Sleep and working through such Hollywood stars as Dick Powell, Robert Montgomery, Robert Mitchum, James Garner, and Elliot Gould.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Zubritsky on October 26, 2014
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I watched this series on HBO in the 80's when it first came out. I have always thought that Power Boothe, the wonderful character actor would be a great male lead. In this series, he is front and center as Phillip Marlowe, unfiltered Lucky in his mouth and Fedora on his head.
The series has him reciting the great Raymond Chandler dialogue that we recognize from Humphrey Bogart in the 1930's. The treatment of the series is not too tongue and cheek and does not disappoint. At approximately 1 hour per episode, it allows the story develop but not drag.

If you like "gumshoe" action with the old cool cars and clipped dialogue, you will enjoy this.
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Apparently there were some problems with the sound on the Goldhil set. I asked a spokesman for Mill Creek about this and was told that there were no audio track issues with their set. Still, I have no idea why there should be two sets available at the same time. Now, if only we could get a... Read More
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