Marlowe pays off a wealthy young woman's husband's mistress, but she doublecrosses him and turns up dead. Episode 1: Original Air Date: October 6, 1959. Philip Marlowe is a fictional private detective created by Raymond Chandler. Marlowe first appeared under that name in The Big Sleep published in 1939. Chandler's early short stories, published in pulp magazines like Black Mask and Dime Detective, featured similar characters with names like "Carmady" and "John Dalmas".