Re: RARA-AVIS: the voice of hardboiled

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 13 Aug 2001

I think Bogart is so perfect as Marlowe because a) he was a nice guy b) he had class c) he was uninhibited d)he had a sense of humor e) he had a strong presence and a deadpan delivery, both perfect for Marlowe. I *wouldn't* want to see Cary Grant as Marlowe. He would be too florid and would end up swallowing the movie. This is not to slight this great comedian. Even though I consider John Gielgud the greatest actor I've ever seen/heard, I wouldn't want him as Marlowe, either...

By the way, I found Mitchum too seedy and not alert enough for Marlowe.




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