Philip Marlowe

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Noun1.Philip Marlowe - tough cynical detective (one of the early detective heroes in American fiction) created by Raymond Chandler
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
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You feel every inch the Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe from the very start.
In the Phillip Marlowe game, the player becomes the detective, selects questions to ask characters he encounters, searches rooms, and makes choices that lead him to a solution.
The company's trademark is new plays drawn from biographical or historical stories - previous work has included a production about aviator Amy Johnson which featured a replica 2/3 size bi-plane, and Marlowe, Meet Raymond Chandler, based on the life of the American novelist, and his fictional detective hero Phillip Marlowe.