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Philip Marlowe (Characters)

"Tough day?"
"That ain't the half of it. See, this dame walks in and you shoulda seen the getaway sticks on her. Says something's hinky with her old man."
"D'ya put the screws to him?"
"You ain't kidding. He sang like a canary."
"Well, you're in luck, Philip Marlowe, because it's dessert for dinner tonight and I've got a whole sundae thing set up here."

With lines like "dead men are heavier than broken hearts," Raymond Chandler made detective pulp fiction respectable, giving hard-boiled crime tales mainstream credibility. In books such as The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely and The Long Goodbye, Chandler kicked serious literary butt. For many, his greatest achievements were his artistic use of the vernacular and the creation of Philip Marlowe, a world-weary gumshoe who could walk the mean streets without being a mean man — tough but with an implacable honor. Keith Mars is a modern-day Marlowe to be sure, as Veronica recognizes when she greets her tired pop with ice cream.

1.06 "Return of the Kane"

"You got a weird call yesterday. The bank wanted to let you know you were overdrawn. I thought you were squirreling away all that college money."
"Must be a mistake. Forgot a decimal or something? Or I blew it on dames and horses."

There's no specific reference here, but Veronica's "dames and horses" line pays homage to pulp fiction detectives of the 1930s and 40s, such as Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade. Veronica actually blew her money trying to reunite her family, but she isn't ready to tell that to Keith. So she does what she does best — she lies to him. Tsk-tsk, Veronica.

1.16 "Betty and Veronica"
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