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"The Long Goodbye"
Climax! episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 1
Directed byWilliam H. Brown
Teleplay byE. Jack Neuman
Based onThe Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
Original air date7 October 1954 (1954-10-07)
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"The Long Goodbye" is a 1954 American television play based on the novel of the same name by Raymond Chandler. It was the first episode of the anthology series Climax! and starred Dick Powell as Philip Marlowe. Powell had played the role previously in Murder, My Sweet.[1]

The episode was broadcast live. Although there was a rumor that actor Tristram Coffin, playing a corpse under a blanket, had got up and walked off the set in view of the live camera, he himself debunked this in an interview; while the blanket over his body was partially removed before he was out of frame, he did not walk off set in full view of the camera.[2]



The New York Times called it "fine entertainment... a piece that held suspense".[3]


  1. ^ Linda Christian, Cesar Romero Set for Roles in Tense TV Dramas Ames, Walter. Los Angeles Times 30 Aug 1954: 28.
  2. ^ "Climax!" The Long Goodbye (TV Episode 1954) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-03-04
  3. ^ Television in Review: 'Climax': Raymond Chandler Play Opens C.B.S. Series Teresa Wright and Dick Powell in Lead Roles By JACK GOULD. New York Times 8 Oct 1954: 34.