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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe

The Adventures of Philip Marlowe was a radio series featuring Raymond Chandler's private eye, Philip Marlowe. Robert C. Reinehr and Jon D. Swartz, in their book, The A to Z of Old Time Radio, noted that the program differed from most others in its genre: "It was a more hard-boiled program than many of the other private detective shows of the time, containing few quips or quaint characters."

The program first aired 17 June 1947 on NBC radio under the title The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe, with Van Heflin playing Marlowe. The show was a summer replacement for Bob Hope. The first episode adapted Chandler's short story "Red Wind". The NBC series ended 9 September 1947.

In 1948, the series moved to CBS, where it was called The Adventure of Philip Marlowe, with Gerald Mohr playing Marlowe. This series also began with an adaptation of "Red Wind", using a script different from the NBC adaptation. By 1949, it had the largest audience in radio. The CBS version ran for 114 episodes. That series ran 26 September 1948 – 29 September 1950.

From 7 July 1951 to 15 September 1951, the program was a summer replacement for Hopalong Cassidy. Mohr played Marlowe in all but one of the CBS shows. He was replaced by William Conrad in the 1950 episode, "The Anniversary Gift".

The episode "The Birds On The Wing" (aired 11-26-49) is especially notable for its beginning and ending, both uncharacteristically breaking the fourth wall. It opens with Marlowe saying he is currently reading "Chandler's latest The Little Sister" – thus a fictional character claims to be reading an actual book in which he is the main character. Even more surreal was the ending, in which Marlowe returns to his apartment to find Gracie Allen – who asks Marlowe to find her husband George Burns a radio show on which he can sing!

Episodes

The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Face to Forget
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Sound and the Unsound
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Friend from Detroit
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Cloak of Kamehameha
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Life Can Be Murder
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Name to Remember
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Big Step
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Golden Cobra
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Heir for G-String
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Big Book
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Nether Nether Land
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Dude from Manhattan
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Heir for G-String (rehearsal)
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Nether Nether Land (rehearsal)
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Dear, Dead Days
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Birds on the Wing
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Bedside Manners
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Bum's Rush
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Black Halo
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Bid for Freedom
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Dancing Hands
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Collector's Item
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Lady in Mink
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The August Lion
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Baton Sinister
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Eager Witness
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Deep Shadow
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Dark Tunnel
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Busy Body
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Fox's Tail
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Final Payment
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Ebony Link
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Fatted Calf
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Easy Mark
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Fifth Mask
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Fine Italian Hand
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Girl from Pitchfork Corners
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Glass Donkey
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Green Flame
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Green Witch
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Grim Echo
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Hairpin Turn
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Hard Way Out
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Headless Peacock
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Heart of Gold
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Heat Wave
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Hiding Place
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The High Collared Cape
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The House That Jacqueline Built
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Indian Giver
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Iron Coffin
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Key Man
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Kid on the Corner
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Ladies Night
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Lady Killer
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Last Laugh
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Last Wish
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Little Wishbone
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Lonesome Reunion
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Long Arm
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Long Way Home
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Man on the Roof
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Medium Was Rare
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Mexican Boat Ride
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Monkey's Uncle
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Old Acquaintance
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Open Window
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Orange Dog
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Panama Hat
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Parrot's Bed
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Pelican's Roost
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Persian Slippers
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Pigeons Blood
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Promise to Pay
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Quiet Magpie
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Red Wind
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Restless Day
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Sea Horse Jockey
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Seaside Sabbatical
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Smokeout
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Soft Spot
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Strangle Hold
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Sword of Cebu
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Tail of the Mermaid
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Torch Carriers
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Uneasy Head
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Unfair Lady
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Vital Statistic
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The White Carnation
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Trouble Is My Business
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Where There's a Will
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Who Shot Waldo
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Young Man's Fancy
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Rushton Hickory
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Feminine Touch
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Angry Eagle
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Grim Hunters
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Good Neighbor Policy
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - Night Tide
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - King in Yellow
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The Adventures of Philip Marlowe - The Anniversary Gift
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