Ted Malvern/Ted Carmady

Created by Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) “Ted Carmady liked the rain; liked the feel of it, the sound of it, the smell of it. He got out of his LaSalle coupe and stood for a while by the side entrance to the Carondelet, the high collar of his blue suede ulster tickling his ears, his hands … Continue reading Ted Malvern/Ted Carmady

John Dalmas

Created by Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) "I felt like an amputated leg." -- "Trouble is My Business" “There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like … Continue reading John Dalmas

John Evans

Created by Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) JOHN EVANS was the last pseudonym given to the character of Philip Marlowe, in a short story by Raymond Chandler. Unlike his previous short story attempts at a series character, however, by the time of Evans' one and only appearance, "No Crime in the Mountains," in the September 1941 issue … Continue reading John Evans

My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler Bitches About His Book Cover

My Scrapbook Raymond Chandler complains about his book's cover... For the homepage of my November 2011 issue, I "borrowed" a cover from a reprint edition of one of my all-time favourite books by one of my absolutely all-time favourite writers: Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler. It's not my favourite cover for this much-reprinted title … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler Bitches About His Book Cover

My Scrapbook: Farewell, My Lovely… Flying Saucers?

My Scrapbook WTF? The first edition cover of Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely No, seriously... Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely (1940) has always been my favourite Philip Marlowe novel, and one of my all-time favourite novels, period. After all, what's not to love? Moose Malloy? Velma? Shine bars? Jewel thieves? Betrayal? Armed robbery? Love with no … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Farewell, My Lovely… Flying Saucers?

My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler Square

My Scrapbook Raymond Chandler Square, Los Angeles, December 13, 2018 It's sad enough that Raymond Chandler still doesn't have his own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, but that's run by a private entity now and any buffoon, reality show huckster or U.S. President can pretty much buy their own star -- it's pay-for-play. But the City … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler Square

Lux Radio Theatre

Radio Anthology Series (1934-48) THE LUX RADIO THEATRE was a 1930's-40's radio anthology that presented one-hour adaptations of popular films, often with the same cast. It was also known as "Lux Presents Hollywood," and later, when it moved to television, as "Lux Video Theatre." RADIO LUX RADIO THEATRE (1934-35, NBC Blue; 1936-48, CBS) One-hour drama anthology … Continue reading Lux Radio Theatre

Raymond Chandler

(1888-1959) "Chandler wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered." -- The New Yorker on The Long Goodbye "I have romantic notions of drinking gimlets with Raymond Chandler, waiting out the Santa Ana winds together in some dim bar." -- Megan Abbott, July 24, 2016, The New York Times Book Review Raymond Chandler was one … Continue reading Raymond Chandler

Philip Marlowe in Film, Radio, Television, Comics, etc.

FILMS I've always thought Dick Powell, the first screen Marlowe, was also the best. He was turned down for the lead in Double Indemnity (Paramount, 1944) because director, Billy Wilder thought the public would never buy Powell as anything but a lightweight song-and-dance man. But Powell nabbed the role of Marlowe in 1944's Murder, My Sweet … Continue reading Philip Marlowe in Film, Radio, Television, Comics, etc.

Everybody Loves Raymond

Chandler, that is. This month, for no apparent reason beyond, perhaps, marking his 130 birthday today (July 23), two new books are being published. One, The Annotated Big Sleep (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, $25.00), celebrates the past, placing the 1939 novel (which introduced us to Los Angles private eye Philip Marlowe) on a pedestal, and then douses … Continue reading Everybody Loves Raymond