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‘It’s OK with me’: The Nose rewatches ‘The Long Goodbye’ at 50

Sterling Hayden as Roger Wade and Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe in Robert Altman’s ‘The Long Goodbye.’
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Sterling Hayden as Roger Wade and Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe in Robert Altman’s ‘The Long Goodbye.’

This week’s Nose got a couple other cans, ya know, and came back and switched the labels and the cans around.

The Long Goodbye is a satirical neo-noir mystery feature film adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s 1953 novel. It is the eighth feature directed by Robert Altman and the second-to-last screenplay by the science fiction writer Leigh Brackett (who also wrote The Empire Strikes Back and the 1946 version of The Big Sleep, among others). It stars Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe in 1970s Los Angeles. This year is The Long Goodbye’s 50th anniversary.

Plus: A look at the value and the art of rewatching and rewatchability.

Raquel Benedict’s endorsements:

Helder Mira’s endorsements:

Gene Seymour’s endorsements:

Colin’s endorsement:

Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take:


  • Raquel Benedict: The most dangerous woman in speculative fiction and the host of the Rite Gud podcast
  • Helder Mira: Multimedia producer at Trinity College and co-host of the So Pretentious podcast
  • Gene Seymour: A “writer, professional spectator, pop-culture maven, and jazz geek”

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Jonathan is a producer for ‘The Colin McEnroe Show.’ His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on Connecticut Public’s talk shows and news magazines. He’s as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident. Jonathan can be reached at jmcnicol@ctpublic.org.
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