Saturday Night Theatre: Farewell My Lovely By Raymond Chandler 1988.07.23.
With Edward Bishop and Clive Mantle.
Private detective Philip Marlowe is investigating a dead-end case when he sees a felon, Moose Malloy, barging
into a nightclub looking for his ex-girlfriend Velma Valento. The club has changed owners, so no one now there
knows her. Malloy ends up killing the manager and escaping. The case of the murder of the club manager, a black
man, is given to a detective named Nulty with a reputation for laziness and incompetence. Marlowe advises Nulty
to look for Malloy's girlfriend but Nulty prefers to rely on finding Malloy based on his size and loud clothes.
Marlowe decides to follow up and look for the girl.
He tracks down the widow of the nightclub's former owner, who claims Malloy's girlfriend is dead. But Marlowe
sees her hiding a photo of someone he assumes is Velma. Later, Marlowe receives a call from a man named Lindsay
Marriott, who claims his friend has been robbed and requesting Marlowe's presence in delivering a ransom payment.
In a deserted canyon, Marlowe waits in the dark and is hit on the head from behind. When he awakes, Marriott is
dead. A passerby named Anne Riordan drives by and takes him home.
The police are suspicious about the story. Anne Riordan visits, explaining she is from Bay City, and that she
is a policeman's daughter interested in local crime. She tells Marlowe the stolen necklace belonged to a
Mrs. Lewin Lockridge Grayle, offering to have her hire Marlowe to find the necklace. Marlowe examines some
marijuana cigarettes he found on Marriott’s body and discovers a card for a psychic named Jules Amthor. He makes
an appointment to see him. On a hunch, he investigates the club owner’s widow and learns her house is paid for by Marriott.
Marlowe visits Mrs. Grayle, he then visits Amthor in his office, and probes for his connection to Marriott
and the drugs. Amthor has him assaulted by a native American who is his assistant. Marlowe is then locked up
in a private hospital from which he escapes; on the way out sees Malloy in another room. He discusses the case
with Anne Riordan and the police, who are annoyed at his continued involvement. They suspect Marriott of
blackmailing wealthy women, in league with Amthor.
Marlowe now suspects Malloy moved to a hideout on a local gambling boat. He sneaks on board, and despite being
caught manages to pass a message through his criminal network to Malloy. Back home, Mrs. Grayle wants him to
visit, so he invites her over but Malloy shows up first and hides when Mrs. Grayle arrives. Marlowe confronts
her: she is Velma and had used Marriott to help conceal her new identity who she then tricked and killed.
Malloy steps out and Velma shoots him fatally, then flees. Amthor, the hospital owner, and the crooked cops are
all exposed to the law. Velma is eventually tracked down in Baltimore and kills herself.
First broadcast: BBC R4 Saturday Night Theatre 23 July 1988
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