My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler Square

My Scrapbook

Raymond Chandler Square, Los Angeles, December 13, 2018

It’s sad enough that Raymond Chandler still doesn’t have his own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, but that’s run by a private entity now and any buffoon, reality show huckster or U.S. President can pretty much buy their own star — it’s pay-for-play.

But the City of Los Angeles could do a little better for Chandler, one of its most celebrated authors. It’s great that they’ve designated a block on Hollywood Boulevard and Cahuenga as “Raymond Chandler Square,” where private eye Philip Marlowe‘s office was supposedly located. That’s awesome. They’ve even posted a sign featuring a still of Bogey and Bacall (as Marlowe and Vivian Sternwood) from Howard Hawks’ The Big Sleep, plus a nifty little write-up.

But fer cryin’ out loud, couldn’t you guys at least spell “Philip” right?

Respectfully passed along by Kevin Burton Smith.

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