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“I Have Been Looking For You”
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Discuss this episode A man is looking for someone, someone he’s been looking for his whole life. He doesn’t know her name, but he’ll never forget her. He sees her in the distance sometimes, a brief glimpse, but once he gets there she’s gone. He’s always thinking of her. He knows someday he’ll find her, so he keeps looking.
A woman is looking for someone, someone she’s been looking for her whole life. She doesn’t know his name, but she’ll never forget him. She sees him in the distance sometimes, a brief glimpse, but once she gets there he’s gone. She’s always thinking of him. She knows someday she’ll find him, so she keeps looking.
It’s an endless chase in search of a dream. The perfect person, the perfect happiness, is out there around some corner. Yet the search goes on, they so often come close but never quite meet. Even in their dreams they approach but can’t quite cross the gap. Will they ever meet?
“I fight against the force that holds me, but I cannot move. What is beyond the door where the light is? Do you wait for me? Why cannot I reach you?” – the man.
Escape – Habit
Escape’s “Habit” was adapted from the short story by F.R. Buckley, which first appeared in Adventure, April 30, 1923.
As the episode opens, fiesty Captain Weatherfield is in a courtroom in New Bristol. He is being tried for an assault on a man who made insulting jokes about his ship, the Wakeland. Captain Weatherfield admits to assaulting the man–and that it was the right thing to do. The court decides otherwise and sentences him to seven days in jail.
When he is released, Captain Weatherfield is incensed about what happened. Insulted, too! He swears that he will find a way to restore his good name.
A few days later, out on the north Atlantic and on the edge of a hurricane, Captain Weatherby sees an opporturnity to do just that. A distress signal comes in from a helpless ship registered from New Bristol.
Captain Weatherfield decides to rescue the crew so that the town of New Bristol will have to publicly herald him as a hero. However, in order for his plan to succeed, he has to plow his ship in to a hurricane, go out into a longboat to rescue the surviving crew, perform surgery on the injured captain, and smack down a first mate.
In the end, will he get a hero’s welcome and public apology from the town of New Bristol?
“Habit” was adapted for radio by Les Crutchfield with editorial supervision by John Dunkel. Norman MacDonnell produced/directed. Luis Van Rooten played Captain Weatherfield. John Dehner played Mr. Connelly. Also appearing were Berry Kroeger, Wilms Herbert, and Bill Bouchet. This episode aired on July 18, 1948.
Murder, My Sweet is a 1944 film based on Raymond Chandler’s novel Farewell, My Lovely, released in the UK with the original title. The film stars Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, and Anne Shirley. Detective Philip Marlowe is hired by hulking Moose Malloy to locate Malloy’s old girlfriend that he lost track of while serving time in prison. What Marlowe finds is that each lead he follows up confuses the case further and lies compound lies with an eventual discovery of larcenous activity including bribery, perjury, theft and a beautiful femme fatale (Claire Trevor).
Farewell My Lovely had already been filmed once before, in 1942, as The Falcon Takes Over. However, Murder, My Sweet is considered one of the best Chandler adaptations. A 2004 review by DVD Savant Glenn Erickson notes “Murder, My Sweet remains the purest version of Chandler on film, even if it all seems far too familiar now.” It is also considered one of the pre-eminent films noir. Alison Dalzell, writing for Edinburgh University Film Society, notes “Since the ’40s countless mystery and neo-noir films have been made in Hollywood and around the world. Murder, My Sweet is what they all aspire to be.”
Dick Powell was previously known only for light comedies and musicals, so the casting of him as Chandler’s hard-boiled private detective antihero was a surprise to many. The studio changed the title from Farewell, My Lovely because they thought audience would think the film was a musical. Powell’s performance is much debated by fans of Chandler and film noir; some think it too light and comic; others consider it the best interpretation of Philip Marlowe on film.
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