Los Angeles private-eye Philip Marlowe is trying to locate the brother of his new client, a woman named Orfamay Quest. The trail leads to two men who deny any knowledge of the brother's existence. Both are soon killed by an ice pick, so Marlowe deduces that there's much more to this than a simple missing-person case. Marlowe's path crosses that of a blackmailed movie star, Mavis Wald, and her friend, exotic dancer Delores. A mobster sends karate expert Winslow Wong to bust up Marlowe's office and warn him off the case, while Lieutenant French also cautions the detective to stay out of the police's way.

  1. Raymond Chandler

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. Paul Bogart


  3. Stirling Silliphant


Top Billed Cast

  1. James Garner

    James Garner

    Philip Marlowe

  2. Gayle Hunnicutt

    Gayle Hunnicutt

    Mavis Wald

  3. Carroll O'Connor

    Carroll O'Connor

    Lt. Christy French

  4. Rita Moreno

    Rita Moreno

    Dolores Gonzáles

  5. Sharon Farrell

    Sharon Farrell

    Orfamay Quest

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Status Released

Release Information

  • September 19, 1969


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 35m

Budget -

Revenue -



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