The Pelican's Roost (Aired June 28, 1950)
Marlowe was a more complex character than some of his hard boiled brethren. Sure he could handle a gun and take a beating. But, he was more than just a tough guy, he had gone to college, could play chess, and appreciated classical music. He also had his own strong ethical standards and turned down jobs that didn't measure up to those standards. By the late 1940's Marlowe had moved to the big screen, with Marlowe played by Dick Powell, Robert Mitchum, and Humphrey Bogart. One of those movies, Murder My Sweet, was responsible for Marlowe's first appearance on radio when it was presented on Lux Radio Theatre on June 11, 1945 starring Dick Powell and Clair Trevor. In April, 1947 the New York Times announced that the summer replacement for Bob Hope would be a new adventure-mystery series, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe.
June 28, 1950. CBS network. "The Pelican's Roost"
. Sponsored by: Spearmint Gum. Lynn Russell hires Marlowe, even though it looks like she's a killer. A corpse with an ice pick through the neck and mascara for a blonde, leads to the solution of the case. Gerald Mohr, Raymond Chandler (creator), Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Robert Mitchell (writer), Gene Levitt (writer), Lillian Buyeff, John Dehner, Jack Kruschen, Bob Stevenson (announcer), Lawrence Dobkin, Georgia Ellis, David Ellis, Paul Dubov, Richard Aurandt (composer, conductor). 29:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.