Philip Marlowe #6: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

1954 Edgar Allan Poe award winner. Movie tie-in (3rd printing) with the 1973 Altman film starring Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe.

Title: The Long Goodbye
Author: Raymond Chandler
Imprint & Number: Ballantine 02396-X
Cover price: 95¢
Publication date: 1973
Cover artist: uncredited
ISBN: 345-02396-X-095

Elliott Gould as Marlowe??! WTF?? Who’s the brainiac that made that casting decision? Chandler had to have rolled over in his grave several times when this was released.

Some douche bag decided to doodle over the price with a blue ballpoint pen. They should’ve doodled over Gould and his friggin’ cat. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have a thing against Elliott Gould… as long as he isn’t playing Marlowe.

The Long Goodbye

 

Later editions:

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (9th Ballantine printing)

Title: The Long Goodbye
Author: Raymond Chandler
Imprint & Number: Ballantine 28859
Cover price: $2.25
Publication date: 1980
Cover artist: Richard Waldrep
ISBN: 0-345-28859-9

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2 thoughts on “Philip Marlowe #6: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

  1. Hey, Altman’s film of The Long Goodbye may not be orthodox Marlowe (which was more or less the point – he’s a Man out of Time in the film) but it is a GREAT film, one of the director’s best, and one of the best Cats on Film. Admittedly, it’s such a departure from the novel it would never have occurred to me to do a movie tie-in edition with the Chandler. (Thanks for the link!)

  2. I think my problem with Gould as Marlowe stems from the fact he’s reprising a character Bogart portrayed. I’m accustomed to Gould as Hawkeye-ish rather than Marlowe-ish. Having recently seen him as Robert Blake’s partner in the Peter Hyam’s film, Busting, I’m a little more receptive to Gould as a hard-boiled character.

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