Dear Hollywood, you messed up.
JOHN PAYNE should have played Philip Marlowe.
How could they not have realized that? Those of you who know me know how much I love Bogart. He's one of my favorites. But Philip Marlowe? Raymond Chandler describes him as dark haired, a tad over 6' tall and 190 lbs. Hollywood made very good versions with Robert Mitchum and Dick Powell (LOVE him), but John Payne! When I think of the Marlowe films...The Big Sleep. Farewell, My Lovely. The Long Goodbye. Murder, My Sweet. The Lady in the Lake...
My heart bleeds for what could have been.
Just my thoughts on the matter. I have more thoughts on Marlowe coming soon.