"The Kung Fu legend looks better than he ever did in expensive suits that would make James Bond proud..."
Director: Paul Bogart
Producer: Sidney Beckerman, Gabriel Katzka
Writer: Raymond Chandler (novel), Stirling Silliphant
Cast: James Garner, Gayle Hunnicutt, Bruce Lee
Running Time: 96 min.
Plot: Quiet young Osfamay Quest from Kansas has hired private detective Philip Marlowe to find her brother. After two leads turn up with ice picks stuck in them, he discovers blackmail photos concerning TV star Mavis Wald. She rejects Marlowe's help, and this is forcibly underlined by her gangster boyfriend. So, wonders Marlowe, is there a link between Orfamay and Mavis?
RAVEN'S REVIEW: Marlowe is a 60s flick with high production values and James Garner is indeed a cool cat, but the reason behind its camp quality is the 10 minutes where Bruce Lee kicks, punches, and flies through everything that comes in his way. Lee will forever be remembered as the ultimate hero, but his performance in Marlow, his first American film, shows his effectiveness in a bad guy role. The Kung Fu legend looks better than he ever did in expensive suits that would make James Bond proud; carrying a deadly smile, he steals the whole show and leaves us wanting a lot more.
RAVEN'S RATING: Marlow's Bruce Lee footage: 10 /10; Marlow as a film: 6/10