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

From: Richard Moore ( moorich2@aol.com)
Date: 05 Aug 2005

The full cast of "The Long Goodbye" Climax episode as given on IMDB:

Tom Drake ... Terry Lennox Horace McMahon ... Detective Dick Powell ... Philip Marlowe Cesar Romero ... Mendy Mendez Teresa Wright ... Eilene Wade

The Romero character was named Mendy Menendez in the novel and I really like the following description. It reminds me of how good Chandler can be and THE LONG GOODBYE is on my reread soon list.

"He leaned across the desk and flicked me across the face backhanded, causually and contemptuously, not meaning to hurt me, and the small smile stayed on his face. Then when I didn't even move for that he sat down slowly and leaned an elbow on the desk and cupped his brown chin in his brown hand. The bird-bright eyes stared at me without anything in them but brightness.

"'Know who I am, cheapie?'"

"'Your name's Menendez. The boys call you Mendy. You operate on the Strip.'"

"'Yeah? How did I get so big?'"

"'I wouldn't know. You probably started out as a pimp in a Mexican whorehouse.'"

"He took a cold cigarette case out of his pocket and lit a brown cigarette with a gold lighter. He blew acrid smoke and nodded. He put the gold cigarette case on the desk and caressed it with his fingertips."

"'I'm a big bad man, Marlowe. I make lots of dough. I got to make lots of dough to juice the guys I got to juice in order to make lots of dough to juice the guys I got to juice...'"

Ah, I love this stuff!

Richard Moore

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Dick Lochte" <dlochte@a...> wrote:
> I've been hunting for a copy of this for a long time with no luck. I
> actually saw the show when it was broadcast, though I clearly don't
> much of it. As I recalled, Cesar Romero played Terry Lennox. But
Tom Drake
> is better casting. What I do remember vividly is the movie heavy
> Lambert being shot and killed and getting up on camera with a silly
> gee-I-goofed grin on his face. This was live TV, not
film. "Goodbye" was the
> debut show of Climax!. At an hour minus commercials, it would be
hard to do
> justice to Chandler's longest and most complex and, arguably, best
> but who wouldn't want to check it out?
> While on the subject of Marlowe's television appearances, I'd also
like to
> get a look at the complete series, Philip Marlowe, Private Eye,
with Phil
> Carey as Marlowe. Twenty-something episodes on film, half hour,
black and
> white, from the producers of a bunch of game shows, Goodson &
Todman. As far
> as I can tell, only one episode is in circulation, "Murder Is A
> Affair." It's pretty good TV and Carey, I think, comes closer to
> resembling Marlowe than anyone else who's played the role, except
> James Garner. For some reason, all of the episodes were original
stories, no
> adaptations of Chandler, though Charles Beaumont did adapt his own
> short story, "The Hunger," to put Marlowe into it. It's the only
one I
> remember seeing back in '59. Chandler, who, according to Carey,
liked the
> idea of the series, didn't see any of the shows. He died a few
months before
> it debuted.
> Dick Lochte
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
> -----------------------------------------
> Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2005 14:44:39 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
> From: Terrill Lankford <lankford2000@e...>
> Subject: Re: Dick Powell in "The Long Goodbye"
> I'd love to see this, too. Hopefully someone will dig it out of the
> and put it out on DVD. Anyone know of a bootleg source for it?
> TL
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Moore <moorich2@a...>
> Sent: Aug 3, 2005 2:33 PM
> To: rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Dick Powell in "The Long Goodbye"
> 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
> Lennox, and that sounds like a good fit as well. Horace McMahon,
> Cesar Romero and Teresa Wright were also in the cast. I've
> 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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