Adventures of Philip Marlowe Vol 1 : The Adventures of Philip Marlowe (PDQ Audioworks)

  • by PDQ Audiobooks
  • Narrated by Gerald Mohr Van Heflin
  • Series: The Adventures of Philip Marlowe (PDQ Audioworks)
  • 26 hrs and 1 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Volume 1 is a collection of the only known episodes to exist from its run on both NBC and CBS radio. Originally called "The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe," the private eye series, based on the character and books created by Raymond Chandler, made its debut on the NBC radio network on June 17, 1947, with Van Heflin in the role of Marlowe. The first episode adapted Chandler's short story "Red Wind."
Unable to find an audience on NBC, the series aired it's last episode for the network on September 9, 1947, barely three months after its debut. The series was picked up in 1948 by the CBS radio network, renamed simply "The Adventures of Philip Marlowe," recast with Gerald Mohr as Marlowe, and began a 114-episode run that, by 1949, attracted the largest audience in radio. The new CBS series also began with an adaptation of Chandler's "Red Wind," although with a different script than the NBC version. Both episodes are included in this volume.
Mohr played Marlowe on all but one of the CBS shows, where he was replaced by William Conrad for the episode entitled "The Anniversary Gift" which is included in volume two. Conrad went on to play Matt Dillon on CBS radio's "Gunsmoke" which became the longest running radio show in history.
(PUBLISHER'S NOTE: As with all live cast recordings of old time radio broadcasts, some shows may contain commercials for products and services of the era. In some cases, unlike radio of today, there may be commercials for tobacco and alcoholic products. To maintain the charm of these recordings and to faithfully reproduce the listening experience, we have left the programming intact, including the commercials. Additionally, because live radio performances were recorded directly to acetate records for archival purposes, the sound quality may differ from episode to episode based on the care given to their preservation over the last 60 years.)

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Poor Audio Quality

What would have made Adventures of Philip Marlowe Vol 1 better?

Don't repeat the same story and check the quality of the recording.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Don't remember.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was fine when you could hear it.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Adventures of Philip Marlowe Vol 1?

I wouldn't put in more than one copy of a story. I think the first story repeated at least twice.


Any additional comments?

I was listening to these in my car and the audio quality was so poor I couldn't understand what was being said. This one was a waste of time and I am a fan of Radio Drama.

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- Vito

Love old time radio

Great series. Fun to listen to. Original 1940's short ads. Descriptive storyline and stage sounds.
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- Catharine Weber

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2013
  • Publisher: PDQ AUDIOWORKS