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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Quotes from

Philip Marlowe: How'd you happen to pick out this place?
Vivian: Maybe I wanted to hold your hand.
Philip Marlowe: Oh, that can be arranged.


General Sternwood: Do you like orchids?
Philip Marlowe: Not particularly.
General Sternwood: Ugh. Nasty things. Their flesh is too much like the flesh of men, and their perfume has the rotten sweetness of corruption.


Vivian: You've forgotten one thing - me.
Philip Marlowe: What's wrong with you?
Vivian: Nothing you can't fix.


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Facts about

Howard Hawks reused the way Eddie Mars meets his demise (shot by his own men after opening a door) with that of the character Milt in Hawks' later western El Dorado.
Raymond Chandler claimed that Martha Vickers gave such an intense performance as Carmen Sternwood that she completely overshadowed Lauren Bacall, and that much of Vickers' performance ended up on the cutting room floor as a result.
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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