RARA-AVIS: Dick Powell in "The Long Goodbye"

From: Richard Moore ( moorich2@aol.com)
Date: 03 Aug 2005

Cruising around the great IMDB website I stumbled upon what must be the first television production of a Philip Marlowe novel. "The Long Goodbye" was the debut episode of the series "Climax!" broadcast on 7 October 1954. It had a great cast with Dick Powell, one of movie's best Marlowes, in the lead role. Tom Drake was Terry Lennox, and that sounds like a good fit as well. Horace McMahon, Cesar Romero and Teresa Wright were also in the cast. I've searched around the Internet and apparently it is not available on DvD.

At least one episode has long been available which lends me hope of one day seeing "Goodbye" but perhaps less confidence in the potential merit. The third episode was an adaptation of "Casino Royale" featuring Barry Nelson as Bond and Peter Lorre, Linda Christian, and Kurt Katch. I have a copy of it somewhere and it is worth seeing for the belly laughs. Nelson is "Jimmy Bond" and listening to Lorre whisper Jimmy's name cracks me up every time.

I would still love to see "The Long Goodbye" episode. The novel is my favorite Marlowe novel. I even like the Altman version.

Richard Moore

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