When Philip Marlowe sees a huge, loudly dressed man casually throwing a bouncer out onto the the pavement as he goes into a bar, he knows it's time to walk away, so he follows him inside. The big guy is Moose Molloy, recently released from an eight year prison sentence and now on the hunt for his old sweetheart, a red-haired nightclub singer named Velma Valento.
Marlowe follows a trail which includes a stick-up, blackmail, an irresistible blonde, a psychic, drugs and murder, and it leads him all the way to the top of a corrupt state of California.
- Philip Marlowe ..... Toby Stephens
- Moose Malloy ..... Richard Ridings
- Mrs Grayle ..... Madeleine Potter
- Morrison ..... Pat Starr
- Randall ..... Jude Akuwudike
- Nulty/ Amthor ..... Sean Baker
- Jessie Florian ..... Joanna Monro
- Galbraith ..... Lloyd Thomas
- Marriott ..... Iain Batchelor
- Ann Riordan ..... Claire Harry
- Sonderborg ..... Adeel Akhtar
- Laird Brunette/ Second Planting ..... Sam Dale