Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Mohr or less correct

From: david david (
Date: 26 Sep 2006

I have trouble getting past Mohr's voice; it's so announcerish. maybe i need to listen to the best of those shows again. In comparison, Van Heflin had that world-weariness and less stage-honed style. Compare Mohr in King in Yellow to Heflin in Red Wind and see what i mean. Maybe it's just my taste. Heflin was also excellent in Act of Violence. He was one of the most naturalistic of the noir actors--he should have had more good parts.

By the way, last week i watched Altman's Long Goodbye with my girlfriend, a big Chandler fan (god, how lucky i am) and she didn't care at all for Gould as Marlowe.

Probably the best Marlowe is the one each of us conjures when reading Chandler.

--- briannthorntonn <> wrote:

> You know, it's funny, but although I thought that
> some of the scripts
> in Mohr's turn at the helm as Marlowe were sub-par,
> and Mohr could be
> a bit "jaunty" for the role sometimes (based on my
> reading of
> Chandler's works), when he had to be tough, he was
> pretty good for the
> part, and I'm thinking especially of the episode
> where he played
> Marlowe in "The King In Yellow" (adapted from the
> Chandler short of
> the same name), he really was terrific.
> As for the Spade character, here's what the Radio
> Classics website
> (excellent in places, spotty in others) has to say
> about it:
> "Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade walked out of the
> pages of Black Mask
> and into his own CBS radio series of July 12, 1946.
> Howard Duff
> starred as the hardboiled detective for the first
> three seasons.
> Lurene Tuttle was Sam's secretary Effie Perrine and
> Jerry Hausner was
> his lawyer Sid Weiss. CBS dropped the series in 1950
> when Hammett ran
> afoul of Congress' Un-American Activities
> investigators, but the show
> was quickly revived by NBC with Steven Dunne cast as
> a
> younger-sounding Sam. Tuttle and Spier reprised
> their roles."
> I enjoy that site immensely, by the way. It's great
> to pick something
> out and listen to it while I'm working on other
> stuff around the house.
> Change of subject (briefly) if I may:
> For those of you who filled out the questionaire I
> put to the list for
> information that I could use in my Bouchercon panel
> this coming
> Saturday at 1PM, many thanks, especially Karin,
> Kerry, and Doherty. I
> really appreciate the time you took, and the
> thoughtful answers you gave.
> And for those of you traveling to Bouchercon long
> distances (Guthrie)
> or short ones (Doherty), safe journey, and I'm
> looking forward to
> seeing all of you and saying hello.
> All the Best-
> Brian Thornton
> --- In, "Jim Beaver"
> <jumblejim@...> wrote:
> >
> > I ran across an obituary for actor Gerald Mohr,
> who died in 1968.
> Among the
> > tidbits of information therein provided was this:
> "He was for
> several years
> > the voice of private eye Philip Marlowe in 'The
> Advenutres [sic] of
> Philip
> > Marlowe' (this Dashiell Hammett character has
> probably been
> portrayed on
> > various media by more actors than any other
> private eye)."
> >
> > It makes me wonder how many actors have portrayed
> Raymond Chandler's
> Sam
> > Spade.
> >
> > Jim Beaver
> >

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