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The Big Sleep ()


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Grizzled American private detective in England investigates a complicated case of blackmail turned murder involving a rich but honest elderly general, his two loose socialite daughters, a... See more »

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Philip Marlowe
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Charlotte Sternwood
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Lash Canino
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Camilla Sternwood
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Agnes Lozelle
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Joe Brody
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Inspector Carson
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General Sternwood
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Eddie Mars
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Norris
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Harry Jones
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Commander Barker
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Mona Grant
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Inspector Gregory
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Arthur Geiger
Simon Fisher-Turner ...
Karl Lundgren (as Simon Turner)
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Owen Taylor
David Savile ...
Rusty Regan
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Lanny
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Lou
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Croupier
Joe Ritchie ...
Taxi Driver
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Reg
Derek Deadman ...
Customer In Bookshop
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judy Buxton ...
Cheval Club Receptionist (uncredited)
Roy Evans ...
Deliveryman (uncredited)
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Pool Player in Pub (uncredited)
Walter Henry ...
Detective Taking Marlowe's Statement (uncredited)
David Jackson ...
Inspector Willis (uncredited)
Brian Miller ...
Casino Waiter (uncredited)
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Doorman at Eddie's Club (uncredited)
Barry Purchese ...
Eddie's Bodyguard (uncredited)
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Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Casino Patron (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Winner

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Michael Winner ... (screenplay)
 
Raymond Chandler ... (novel)

Produced by

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Jerry Bick ... producer
Elliott Kastner ... producer
Bernard Williams ... associate producer
Michael Winner ... producer
Lew Grade ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Jerry Fielding

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Robert Paynter ... director of photography

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Frederick Wilson ... supervising editor (as Freddie Wilson)

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Maude Spector

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Harry Pottle

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John Graysmark

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Stephanie Kaye ... hairdresser
Richard Mills ... makeup artist

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Clifton Brandon ... production manager
David Middlemas ... production manager (as David Middlemass)

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Michael Dryhurst ... assistant director
Joe Marks ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Terry Wells ... stand-by property master (uncredited)
Barry Wilkinson ... property master (uncredited)

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Russ Hill ... sound editor
Mike Le Mare ... sound editor
Brian Marshall ... sound recordist
John Poyner ... sound editor
Hugh Strain ... re-recordist
Steve Hancock ... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)

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Eddie Collins ... camera focus
Keith Hamshere ... stills
Ronnie Taylor ... camera operator

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Ron Beck ... wardrobe
Babs Gray ... wardrobe (uncredited)

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Dan Wallin ... scoring mixer (uncredited)

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Pamela Carlton ... continuity
Lew Grade ... presenter (as Sir Lew Grade)
Denis Holt ... production executive
Roy Beck ... lead stand-in (uncredited)
Matthew Binns ... production runner (uncredited)
Crispian Sallis ... director's assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Philip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) is asked by the elderly General Sternwood (James Stewart) to investigate an attempt at blackmail on one of his daughters. He soon finds that the attempt is half-hearted at best, and seems to be more connected with the disappearance of the other daughter's husband, Rusty Regan (David Savile). Rusty's wife seems unconcerned with his disappearance, further complicating the mystery. Only General Sternwood seems concerned as mobsters and hired killers continue to appear in the path of the investigation. Written by John Vogel

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Taglines Some days business is good - and some days it's murder! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep (United Kingdom)
  • Le grand sommeil (France)
  • Tote schlafen besser (Germany)
  • Detective privado (Spain)
  • A Arte de Matar (Brazil)
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  • 99 min
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Budget GBP3,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia James Stewart had difficulty saying his lines on time due to hearing and memory problems. Some of the cast were shocked by his aged appearance. Robert Mitchum recalled, "The picture was all about corpses, but Jimmy looked deader than any of them." Stewart outlived Mitchum by one day in real-life. See more »
Goofs Karl Lundgren shot Joe Brody four times, then two shots at Philip Marlowe just outside of Joe Brody's flat and then continued to shoot whilst running away. That's too many shots for a standard six shot revolver. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in James Stewart, Robert Mitchum: The Two Faces of America (2017). See more »
Soundtracks Won't Somebody Dance With Me See more »
Quotes Philip Marlowe: What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a stagnant lake or in a marble tower on the top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell. Me, I was part of the nastiness now. Far more a part of it than Rusty Regan was. But the old man didn't have to be. He could lie quiet in his canopied bed, with his bloodless hands folded on the sheet, waiting. His heart was a brief, uncertain murmur. His thoughts were as gray as ashes. And in a little while he too, like Rusty Regan, would be sleeping the big sleep.
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