RARA-AVIS: Re: The Long Goodbye

From: Dick Lochte ( dlochte@gmail.com)
Date: 05 Feb 2007

As for Gould liking the character of Marlowe, he did indeed. He told me he tried to get a studio (I think Universal) involved in a remake of The High Window which either he or the studio had access to at the time. That is, of course, the Marlowe movie most in need of a remake.

As for Gould being able to play hardboiled, the cop movie Busting and the underrated mystery Capricorn 9, suggest that in younger days he could handle that. My impression is that he considered Marlowe more a fast-talking, think-on-his-feet pro -- a la his MASH character -- than hardboiled. I agree with that. (The dreamy and passive okay-by-me quality in Long Goodbye was, I suspect more Altman than Gould. This is borne out by the Dove readings which probably are the best of the Chandler audiobooks I've heard. Joe Mantegna makes the character sound like a Jersey wiseguy. Daniel Massey's plumy British Marlowe is just plain ridiculous.

I should note that my opinion of Gould may be colored by the fact that he was one of the better participants in a movie I wrote, Escape to Athena. And he read, quite well, a short Marlowe story I contributed to the Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe anthology that celebrated the author's centennial.

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