Part of the Nastiness
Now: Actors Who Have Played
Okay, I confess, Philip Marlowe is my P.I. hero. In order of
my personal preference, there's:
- Dick Powell
Right actor/right place/right time.
- James Garner
The wit was always part of Marlowe, not grafted on for the star
as some have proposed.
- Robert Mitchum
The role reached him too late, otherwise he might top the list.
- Robert Montgomery
A typically cornball radio performance - blame the director
and his overworked gimmick.
- Humphrey Bogart
Let's face it, his Big Sleep was really "The
Bogie and Baby Show."
- George Montgomery
Completely wrong, all the way up to the suave little mustache.
Fox's own John Payne would have been ideal, but in '47, who
- Elliot Gould (what else need I say?.
- Dishonorable mention goes to Powers Boothe - the only
lasting impression his HBO series made on me is that his fedora
was a size or two too small. And (coincidentally enough), I
no longer have HBO, so have to catch James Caan in "Poodle
Springs" when the video store gets it.
Respectfully submitted by Ron
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