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The Big Sleep ()


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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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Philip Marlowe
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Vivian Rutledge
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Eddie Mars
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Carmen Sternwood
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Acme Book Shop Proprietress
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Mona Mars
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Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls
Charles Waldron ...
General Sternwood
Charles D. Brown ...
Norris - the Butler
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Lash Canino
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Harry Jones
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Joe Brody
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Art Huck (uncredited)
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Taxi Driver (uncredited)
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Max - Head Waiter (uncredited)
Deannie Best ...
Waitress (uncredited)
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Waitress (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ...
Croupier (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Medical Examiner (uncredited)
Sonia Darrin ...
Agnes Lozelle (uncredited)
Jack Deery ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Carole Douglas ...
Librarian (uncredited)
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Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Sidney (uncredited)
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Woman with Bumped Man (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Pete Kooy ...
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
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Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
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Furtive Man (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
Shelby Payne ...
Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
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Silent Thug Beating Marlowe (uncredited)
Tommy Rafferty ...
Carol Lundgren (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Edward Rickard ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Croupier (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ...
Ed - Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
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Arthur Gwynn Geiger (uncredited)
Wally Walker ...
Mars' Thug (uncredited)
Dan Wallace ...
Owen Taylor (uncredited)
Paul Weber ...
Mars' Thug (uncredited)
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Pete (uncredited)

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Howard Hawks

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William Faulkner ... (screen play) &
Leigh Brackett ... (screen play) &
Jules Furthman ... (screen play)
 
Raymond Chandler ... (short story "Killer in the Rain")

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Jack L. Warner ... executive producer
Howard Hawks ... producer (uncredited)

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Max Steiner

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Sidney Hickox ... director of photography (as Sid Hickox)

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Christian Nyby ... film editor

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Carl Jules Weyl
Max Parker ... supervising art director (uncredited)

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Fred M. MacLean ... (set decorations)

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Perc Westmore ... makeup artist

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Eric Stacey ... production manager (uncredited)

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Chuck Hansen ... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert Vreeland ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

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Robert B. Lee ... sound
Gerald W. Alexander ... re-recording mixer (uncredited) / sound effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert G. Wayne ... re-recording mixer (uncredited) / sound effects mixer (uncredited)

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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)

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Paul Detlefsen ... matte paintings (uncredited)

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Mike Joyce ... second camera operator (uncredited)

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Leah Rhodes ... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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Leo F. Forbstein ... musical director
Simon Bucharoff ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Murray Cutter ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles David Forrest ... music mixer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

The Big Sleep is the story of private investigator Philip Marlowe, who is hired by a wealthy general to find out and stop his youngest daughter Carmen from being blackmailed about her gambling debts. Almost immediately, Marlowe finds himself deep within a web of love triangles, blackmail, murder, gambling, and organized crime. With the help of the General's eldest daughter Vivian, Marlowe skillfully plots to free the family from this web and trap Eddie, the main man behind much of this mischief, to meet his end at the hands of his own henchmen. Written by Alec

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Taglines The type of man she hated . . . was the type she wanted ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le grand sommeil (France)
  • Tote schlafen fest (Germany)
  • La gran dormida (Spain, Catalan title)
  • El sueño eterno (Spain)
  • Големият сън (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Budget $250,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Due to Humphrey Bogart's affair with co-star Lauren Bacall, his marital problems escalated during filming, and his drinking often resulted in his being unable to work. Three months after the film was finished, Bacall and Bogart were married. See more »
Goofs When Vivian is telling Marlowe the cover story for Carmen for the night before, her mouth does not match what she's saying. This mismatch is because the movie was re-edited after Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall became a popular team; To Have and Have Not (1944) which brought them to stardom was released after The Big Sleep (1946) was filmed but before it was released. Scenes were re-shot, some new scenes were added and others dropped. The sequence was also changed to accommodate some of the new edits. The audio/visual mismatch is because the scene was kept but minor dialog had to be changed to make the re-sequencing track properly. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Dirty Harry's Way (1971). See more »
Soundtracks And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine See more »
Crazy Credits During the opening credits, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall are seen in silhouette, placing cigarettes in an ashtray. At the end, two cigarettes are in an ashtray. See more »
Quotes Philip Marlowe: She tried to sit on my lap while I was standing up.
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