The Big Sleep Overview:

The Big Sleep (1946) was a Crime - Film Noir Film directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hawks and Jack L. Warner.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Raymond Chandler published in 1939.

The Big Sleep was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1997.

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Robert Mitchum as a Contemporary Marlowe in The Big Sleep

By Rick29 on Nov 4, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Robert Mitchum as Marlowe. The biggest knock against Michael Winner's 1978 adaptation of The Big Sleep was his decision to transplant the story to contemporary England. It was surely an odd choice, especially since Raymond Chandler's novels paint a rich, vibrant portrait of urban California life in... Read full article


The Big Sleep (1946, Howard Hawks)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Sep 14, 2018 From The Stop Button

A lot goes unspoken in The Big Sleep. It?s very much set in a wartime Los Angeles, but there?s never much said about wartime conditions or Los Angeles. When private detective Humphrey Bogart goes around the city, investigating, he?s only ever encountering women (beautiful women at that, because dire... Read full article


Thoughts on The Big Sleep (1946)

By Carol Martinheira on Apr 29, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Thoughts on The Big Sleep (1946) On April 29, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized I like to say I have a love-hate relationship with The Big Sleep. I don?t. I love The Big Sleep. And it grows on me every time I watch it. Maybe because I understand it a little bit better each... Read full article


The Big Sleep (1946)

on Sep 6, 2017 From Journeys in Classic Film

By 1946 actor Humphrey Bogart fit into the role of detective Philip Marlowe so perfectly it might as well have been his favorite pair of shoes. Though this was Bogie’s own time playing the detective, The Big Sleep was simply a culmination of his past films coming together in perfect unison. He... Read full article


Day 26 of Noirvember: Don’t Snooze on The Big Sleep (1946)

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 27, 2016 From Shadows and Satin

Tune in to TCM on November 27th for The Big Sleep (1946), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, directed by Howard Hawks, and containing what wins the prize for one of noirs most convoluted plots. Click below for one of my many favorite scenes from the film, featuring Bogart and Sonia Darrin. ... Read full article


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Vivian: Do you always think you can handle people like, uh, trained seals?
Philip Marlowe: Uh-huh. I usually get away with it too.
Vivian: How nice for you.


Philip Marlowe: [speaking into the phone] Hello, let me talk to Mr. Mars.
Eddie Mars: This is Mars.
Philip Marlowe: Oh, hello Eddie. This is Marlowe.
Eddie Mars: Marlowe?
Philip Marlowe: Yeah, Marlowe. Or, what's left of him.


Carmen Sternwood: You're cute.
Philip Marlowe: I'm getting cuter every minute.


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Facts about

References are made by both sisters about Marlowe's height at the beginning of the film. Back then it was film convention for the male lead to be taller than the female and Humphrey Bogart was shorter than both leading actresses, a problem corrected on screen through giving Bogart platform shoes as well as trick photography.
The second of four films made by real life couple and later husband and wife Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. This film follows Bacall's debut in To Have and Have Not, during which their romance was first kindled on set. Following this film, the couple teamed up twice more, for Dark Passage and Key Largo.
This was the first film to mark the long relationship between Howard Hawks and writer Leigh Brackett until his death in 1977. Hawks hired her after reading a story that she wrote entitled 'No Good for a Corpse'. But then, when she was hired, she only finished half of another story that she wrote titled 'Lorelei of the Red Mist'. Her friend, Ray Bradbury finished the last half.
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