if you liked james garner in the “rockford files” you will dig this,a typical gumshoe movie of the era, but a cut above the “our man flint,and “matt helm” movies.james garner plays phillip marlowe,a detective who doesnt like to start trouble, but always seems to solicit it. he runs into the path of a gangster who has a henchman,who’s not a-typical….you guessed it!Bruce lee. the scene where bruce visits marlowe’s office,is what the movie “Bullit ” was to car chases,and what every rock star tried to do to a hotel room.a must see for Lee fans!
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This is a very entertaining 60′s detective romp. It isn’t too dated for the most part. It is interesting to see a few of Rockford’s traits in Marlowe, the Oreo cookies, the charm, and the slightly illegal activities.He is attacked by Bruce Lee’s character and finesses his way out.He ends up further behind than he started like Rockford.
I enjoyed this movie and found it unpredictable, funny and a precursor to Rockford.
The third actor to play Raymond Chandler’s world-weary private eye, Garner brings his laid back charm to this adaption of the novel “The Little Sister”. Different from Bogie or Dick Powell — as well as his successors, Elliot Gould (THE LONG GOODBYE), Robert Mitchum (FAREWELL MY LOVELY & THE BIG SLEEP) and Powers Boothe (the HBO series from the mid 1980′s). Garner brings his own brand of toughness to the part. Best remembered for Bruce Lee’s “flying” sequence. Top notch cast also includes Gayle Hunnicutt (who would years later in an episode of the Powers Boothe series), Carroll O’Connor, William Daniels and Rita Moreno.