"You've been beaten up, slapped, shot full of hop until you were as crazy as two waltzing mice; now let's see you do something really tough, like getting up."
He is strong, faithful, devoted, and a damn good detective. Philip Marlowe is a man and he is not invincible. He takes a beating to near death and is never afraid when his case puts him in extreme danger, as long as he gets what he's looking for. Raymond Chandler's character wasn't the first private eye in literature, but he definitely stands the test of time, and is still referenced heavily. To me, he is the most memorable. Marlowe doesn't fall for the femme fatale and that makes him unique in the noir genre. What makes him relevant to me the most is that he never gives up no matter how bad he is beaten, because he certainly doesn't win all of his fights. He is hardly superman, but he is plenty tough and can probably drink Lee Marvin under the table.
People recognize the name Philip Marlowe more often than they recognize Raymond Chandler. When reading one of the stories you may say, "I'm reading a Philip Marlowe book" rather than a "Raymond Chandler book". The same goes for the various films produced. I couldn't tell you who played Marlowe in "Murder, My Sweet" without googling it first(Dick Powell), but I could tell you that Marlowe was definitely excellent in it. The name just has that way of standing out. It conjures up a wide variety of emotions in me that range from cool to lonesome. It spells mystery, defiance, deviance, and intrigue. You just have to know Philip Marlowe is a detective when you hear his name.
When I first heard of Marlowe, I was probably in my second year of high school. My brother was flipping through the channels on TV and he came to a stop at one of the Marlowe films. I don't remember which, probably The Big Sleep but I couldn't say for sure. He had read Chandler books before and knew what this story and character were all about. I have always been a fan of old movies and TV especially those dealing with crime and mystery. Instantly, I fell in love. However, I did not fall in love with Bogie and Bacall. Nor did I fall in love with Elliot Gould or Robert Mitchum. And Mr. Raymond Chandler, having created this fictional PI out of thin air and brought him to life on the written page, on the silver screen and even on the radio airwaves long ago, his name did not get stamped in my memory banks. It was Philip Marlowe who captured my heart and who I couldn't wait to read more about. Of course Chandler had written other detective stories before he came up with the name Marlowe, but even he realized the power of the name when he would later put together all of the short stories into one anthology and change all of the protagonists' names to "Philip Marlowe". When an author finds a name that sticks like that and resonates so well in the hearts, minds, and lives of others and himself, causing him to go back and revisit all of his previous works to accommodate that name, that alone should make it one of the best names in fictional character history. Thank you Mr. Chandler.
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