Set in England, rather than California, the story follows Raymond Chandler’s book fairly closely otherwise. Philip Marlowe is asked by the elderly General Sternwood to investigate an attempt at blackmail on one of his daughters.
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Other than the change in setting and time period, very faithful adaptation of Chandler with all the procedural beats intact. Mitchum, despite his age, cuts to the heart of Marlowe's stubbornness and sarcasm. Made-for-TV feel hampers what could otherwise be a player in 'best Marlowe adaptation' contentions.