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(1998 TV Movie)

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"Poodle Springs" is the eighth and final Philip Marlowe novel, which was either written or co-written by Raymond Chandler.
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The film was released thirty-nine to forty years after its source unfinished manuscript by Raymond Chandler was written in 1958 to 1959. The "Poodle Springs" novel, completed by Robert B. Parker, was published in 1989.
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Raymond Chandler's working title for the novel was "The Poodle Springs Story".
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At the request of Raymond Chandler's estate, his novel was completed by Robert B. Parker and published in 1989.
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Philip Marlowe's (James Caan's) fee was one hundred dollars a day, plus expenses.
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James Caan's characterization of Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe character was a much older, and world-weary one, just as Robert Mitchum's had also been in The Big Sleep (1978) and Farewell, My Lovely (1975). These were all markedly different than the earlier cinematic incarnations of Marlowe, where he was younger and more energetic.
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Bob Rafelson previously directed such similar film noir fare as Black Widow (1987) and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981).
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This Phillip Marlowe film, shot in the 1990s, was set during the 1960s. Marlowe (1969) was also set in the 1960s.
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Philip Marlowe was played by Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep (1946). James Caan appeared in Misery (1990) with Bogart's widow, Lauren Bacall.
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David Keith played dual roles as Charles Nichols and Larry Victor.
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The name of Philip Marlowe's (James Caan's) dog was "Rags", and was portrayed by "Bugsy".
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Only a plot outline and four chapters of the source novel were written by Raymond Chandler. These were originally published in a collection of excerpts, letters, and unpublished writings in 1962, titled "Raymond Chandler Speaking".
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The maiden name of Phillip Marlowe's wife, Laura Parker-Marlowe (Dina Meyer), was Laura Parker. Laura had the same last name as Robert B. Parker, who completed Raymond Chandler's novel.
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This Tom Stoppard written television movie was broadcast in the same year that Shakespeare in Love (1998) debuted in cinemas, which won both Stoppard and Marc Norman a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for co-writing Shakespeare in Love (1998).
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The nickname of Miriam Blackstone-Nichols (Julia Campbell) was "Muffy".
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In the original novel, detective Philip Marlowe is implied to be in his early forties (the story is set shortly after The Long Goodbye, where Marlowe is stated to be 42). Protagonist James Caan was 58 when he played the role.
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