Several years ago, I wrote on this page about the 1959-1960 ABC-TV series Philip Marlowe, which starred Philip Carey in the role of Raymond Chandler’s cynical Los Angeles private eye. Episodes of that Tuesday night program ran only 30 minutes long, and just 26 were shot. I’d never seen a single one of those--until today, when I discovered the March 8, 1960, episode of Philip Marlowe, “Murder Is a Grave Affair,” posted on YouTube. You can see it here.
This installment guest stars Connie Hines (later to join the cast of the 1960s sitcom Mister Ed) as a young woman apparently led on by a duplicitous Hollywood director, who also happens to be married. She’s soon found in
her apartment, dead as a result of leaking gas. Was it an accident or murder? Also
appearing in the show are Jack Weston, William Schallert, and Malcolm Atterbury.
Carey doesn’t really capture Marlowe’s character, but if you’ve never watched the series, this episode is definitely worth a viewing.