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The Big Sleep -- L.A. private eye Phillip Marlowe takes on a blackmail case...and a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more.
The Big Sleep -- Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
The Big Sleep -- Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

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Director:
Writers:
William Faulkner (screen play) &
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Release Date:
31 August 1946 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The type of man she hated . . . was the type she wanted ! See more »
Plot:
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
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(257 articles)
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User Reviews:
Classic Film-Noir. Murder and mayhem; and a private dick that doesn't quit. See more (244 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Humphrey Bogart ... Philip Marlowe

Lauren Bacall ... Vivian Rutledge
John Ridgely ... Eddie Mars

Martha Vickers ... Carmen Sternwood

Dorothy Malone ... Acme Book Shop Proprietress

Peggy Knudsen ... Mona Mars

Regis Toomey ... Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls
Charles Waldron ... Gen. Sternwood
Charles D. Brown ... Norris - the Butler

Bob Steele ... Lash Canino

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Harry Jones

Louis Jean Heydt ... Joe Brody
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Trevor Bardette ... Art Huck (uncredited)

Joy Barlow ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Max Barwyn ... Max - Head Waiter (uncredited)
Deannie Best ... Waitress (uncredited)
Tanis Chandler ... Waitress (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Croupier (uncredited)

Joseph Crehan ... Medical Examiner (uncredited)
Sonia Darrin ... Agnes Lowzier (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Carole Douglas ... Librarian (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Sidney (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman with Bumped Man (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Stuart Hall ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Casino Patron (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Pete Kooy ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)

Lorraine Miller ... Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Furtive Man (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Shelby Payne ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Silent Thug Beating Marlowe (uncredited)
Tommy Rafferty ... Carol Lundgren (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Edward Rickard ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgway ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Croupier (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Ed - Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)

Theodore von Eltz ... Arthur Gwynn Geiger (uncredited)
Wally Walker ... Mars' Thug (uncredited)
Dan Wallace ... Owen Taylor (uncredited)
Paul Weber ... Mars' Thug (uncredited)

Ben Welden ... Pete (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
 
Writing credits
William Faulkner (screen play) &
Leigh Brackett (screen play) &
Jules Furthman (screen play)

Raymond Chandler (from the novel by)

Produced by
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
Howard Hawks .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox (director of photography) (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
Christian Nyby (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Carl Jules Weyl 
Max Parker (supervising art director) (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Eric Stacey .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert Vreeland .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
Gerald W. Alexander .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Gerald W. Alexander .... sound effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert G. Wayne .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Robert G. Wayne .... sound effects mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roy Davidson .... special effects director (as E. Roy Davidson)
Warren Lynch .... special effects (as Warren E. Lynch)
Robert Burks .... special effects (uncredited)
William C. McGann .... special effects (uncredited)
Willard Van Enger .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Paul Detlefsen .... matte paintings (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Joyce .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leah Rhodes .... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Simon Bucharoff .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles David Forrest .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros.-First National Pictures)
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Runtime:
114 min | 116 min (pre-release version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (1949) | Finland:(Banned) (1947) | France:Tous publics | Iceland:12 | Malaysia:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:(Banned) (original rating) | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (1961) | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #10625) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
While casting the film, Howard Hawks was impressed by a glamorous photo of model-turned-actress Martha Vickers. She had started acting in horror films at Universal, so he had Warner Bros. buy up her contract and then taught her how to exploit her sexuality to the maximum as the nymphomaniacal Carmen.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Carol Lundgren flees Joe Brody's apartment house, he holds his gun in his left hand. When he turns to fire at Marlowe, he shoots with his right hand.See more »
Quotes:
Philip Marlowe:My, my, my! Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains! You know, you're the second guy I've met today that seems to think a gat in the hand means the world by the tail.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Life Itself (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
And Her Tears Flowed Like WineSee more »

FAQ

Is "The Big Sleep" based on a book?
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25 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Classic Film-Noir. Murder and mayhem; and a private dick that doesn't quit., 15 January 2002
Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK

Howard Hawks directs Raymond Chandler's novel on the silver screen. None other than William Faulkner is primary screenplay writer. Bogart and Bacall star in this grand black and white thriller. Private eye Philip Marlowe(Bogart)is hired by a very wealthy family to protect a young woman from her own indiscretions and along the way there is murder, blackmail, car chases and gun play to deal with. Right smack in the middle of this complex case Marlowe finds time to fall in love with his client's eldest daughter(Bacall). Murder galore does not phase our cool detective with the cigarette hanging from his thin lips.

Flawless acting from Bogart and Bacall. There is a very talented supporting cast that includes Regis Toomey, Martha Vickers, Elisha Cook Jr., Bob Steele and John Ridgely. Then there is the charming Dorothy Malone that sizzles in her short time on screen. Very witty dialogue and colorful characters make this a classic among classics.

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