Philip Marlowe and “The Feminine Touch” — Part 6:
This is where the detective explains what happened and how he figured it out, so if you couldn’t keep up with Marlowe in scene 5, Eureka, then you can at least find out all about it after the fact. When you unravel something, like a sweater, you pull the wool thread until the whole sweater has come apart. In explaining the prime suspect, motives, and details of the case, Marlowe unravels it for us.
Stop the show!
At the end of scene 5, you’ll remember, Marlowe was desperate to stop the trick-riding act. He was sure that if the show went on, there would be another murder. He was desperate to stop Adrienne. Did he want to stop her from riding in the act, or stop her from committing murder? Whatever he knew, stop her he must! So he shot out the lights to end the show.
Adrienne’s Last Act:
That was risky, and it brings us to the setting of today’s scene. We’re in a hospital. We have to assume that Adrienne and Micky crashed when the lights went out. Micky has blacked out. Marlowe is telling Hadley the ins and outs of the crimes. Granville is doting on his daughter, Adrienne, who has him wrapped around her little finger. And Pepper? Funny, I don’t know where Pepper is.
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Full Radio Play: Philip Marlowe – Feminine Touch
Review time: Listen to the whole play again, from beginning to end, Length: [30:03].
What do you think?
Now we know why this radio play is called “The Feminine Touch”, but on a scale of 1 (not at all) to 10 (absolutely sure), how much did you suspect Micky of being the murderer? And she murdered not once, but twice. Did you suspect her of both murders? If you strongly suspected Micky, what gave her away? And, if you didn’t suspect her much at all, why not? What made her seem innocent? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.