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My name is Marlowe. Phillip Marlowe.
Somebody says, "Follow that guy,"|so I follow him.
Somebody says, "Find that female,"|so I find her.
And what do I get out of it?
$10 a day and expenses.
about a murder.
They call it|"The Case of the Lady in the Lake."
It's a good title. It fits.
What you've read and what you've heard|is one thing.
There's only one guy who knows that.|I know it.
And besides,|they tell me the profits are good.
and I sent it up to the|Kingsby Publications, Incorporated...
specialists in gore.
You know, they turn out that kind of thing.
"Room 950, Meadson Building."
Make a note of that.
and fills you full of bad dope|about the setup.
But some cases, like this one...
You'll see it just as I saw it.
You'll meet the people,|you'll find the clues...
You think you will? Okay, you're smart.|But let me give you a tip.
You've got to watch them.
You've got to watch them all the time.
"Kingsby Publications, Incorporated.
"Room 950, Meadson Building.
"Signed, A. Fromsett."
- Yes?|- I'm Phillip Marlowe.
A Mr. Marlowe to see you.
You may go in.
Well, that's because|you don't see it in color.
Color or no color,|there's not enough blood.
Take it out and put more blood in.|As soon as you finish, let me see it again.
Mr. Marlowe? Oh, Mr. Marlowe.
You're here about some kind of a story,|aren't you?
I'm A. Fromsett.|Adrienne Fromsett, to be precise.
Won't you sit down?
- Let me see, I had your story...|- You still have it.
"By Phillip Marlowe." Nice name.
Tell me, Mr. Marlowe,|have you done much writing before?
- That much.|- Really?
Is it really?
Why don't you print a few?
They aren't all as emotional as yours.
- Cigarette?|- Thanks.
Besides, you see...
people who write|usually don't know the facts...
and people who know the facts|usually can't write.
Authenticity has very little to do with it.
they wouldn't be reading our magazines.
- Oh, Mr. Marlowe?|- Yeah?
Have you been marooned|on a desert island...
or do you just find it|difficult to concentrate?
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