Re: RARA-AVIS: the voice of hardboiled

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 13 Aug 2001

Kent wrote:

"I think if Robert Mitchum had played Marlowe at thirty-five he would be the preeminent Marlowe, but alas, we'll never know."

I can't agree with this. Mitchum had too much of a hipster persona, laidback and cooler than cool, but he could also run hot, impulsive. This made him a great PI (as in Out of the Past), but not Marlowe, who is far more detached, even lonely.


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