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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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Release Date:
31 August 1946 (USA) See more »
The type of man she hated . . . was the type she wanted ! See more »
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 »
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  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
114 min | 116 min (pre-release version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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

Did You Know?

Although Lauren Bacall shot another film, Confidential Agent (1945), after this one, Warners' decided to release it first, arguing that the later film was more topical and needed to come out during the final days of World War II. They also felt it showcased Bacall more effectively. The film turned out to be a disaster, however. At the urging of her agent, Charles Feldman, Hawks and the studio built up her part in The Big Sleep and re-shot a scene in which she wore an unflattering veil. The original version was only shown to U.S. soldiers stationed overseas.See more »
Continuity: Marlowe keeps 2 guns in his car - under the dash. One's a snub-nose revolver and the other has about a six inch barrel. He uses and loses the snub-nose. Later, at Art's garage, he reaches in and grabs the larger gun. But in the exterior scenes following, he's got the snub-nose in his hand.See more »
Philip Marlowe:[speaking into the phone] Bernie? This is Marlowe. I got some more red points for you.
Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls:Who is it this time?
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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
"Over Here, Canino", 5 November 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The second of the Bogey and Bacall pairings has Humphrey Bogart playing his second pulp fiction detective for the screen. Previously he had done Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon and now he's Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep. He's at the top of his game in both.

Bogey's been hired by Philip Waldron to get rid of a blackmailer that's got something on one of his daughters, the amoral and disturbed Martha Vickers. The older daughter Lauren Bacall intrigues Bogey a bit more when she tries to pry into exactly what Bogart is doing for her father. Seems as though a family chauffeur has gone missing a while back and the family is concerned on a number of levels.

The plot glides into the question of the missing chauffeur and Bogart meets all kinds of interesting characters before all the mysteries are solved.

The Big Sleep proved that the teaming on screen of Bogey and Bacall was no flash in the pan success that they had in Two Have and Have Not. They are surrounded with a great cast of players. Dorothy Malone got her first notice on film as a bookstore proprietor. Elisha Cook essays one of his typical roles as a luckless fall guy. John Ridgely is properly menacing as gambler Eddie Mars.

But my favorite in this film has always been Bob Steele as the vicious killer Canino who Ridgely has on retainer. Why Bob Steele wasted his time with two bit grade C westerns when he was doing work like this is beyond me. My favorite scene in The Big Sleep has always been when Bogey blasts Steele after Bacall has diverted his attention. When you hear Bogart utter those words, "over here, Canino" he was never more chilling or menacing on the screen before or after.

Set comfortably within it's time in the Forties, The Big Sleep still packs quite a wallop for today's audience. May you never have Humphrey Bogart looking to nail you for some misdeed.

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