The Singing Detective

One of Ian’s and my favorite films is the 1986 BBC television series The Singing Detective. Mystery writer Phillip Marlow  is victim to a gruesome skin disease, the psychological origins of which go back to his childhood. He’s suffering from writer’s block and has landed back in the hospital with a particularly nasty flare-up of his condition.

In this memorable scene, the doctors and nurses gather round him while he is stretched out, hot, sweating and nearly naked on his hospital bed. Marlow begins to hallucinate.

There are many versions on YouTube of the Dry Bones musical interlude, but this one is surely the best.

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