Cinema: Philip V

Trivia Question: What five movie actors have played Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler's private eye?

Answer: Humphrey Bogart (The Big Sleep); Dick Powell (Murder My Sweet); Robert Montgomery (The Lady in the Lake); George Montgomery (The Brasher Doubloon).

The latest, and by no means least impersonation is by James Garner in Marlowe. Bogart is a tough act to follow, and none of the other Marlowes ever matched his blend of soluble morals and incorruptible conscience. Yet of all the Marlowes, Garner is physically closest to the invulnerable knight who could get sapped in the morning and crack a joke and a case by lunchtime.


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