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The Big Sleep (23-Aug-1946)

Director: Howard Hawks

Writers: William Faulkner; Leigh Brackett; Jules Furthman

From novel: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Music by: Max Steiner

Keywords: Mystery, Film Noir

Patriarch of the Sternwood family hires Private detective Philip Marlowe to investigate the blackmail of his younger daughter Carmen; almost immediately he finds the blackmailer murdered, and further killings are ahead. Complex plot with an inordinate number of characters critical to the story, but still a compelling, truly great noir. Excellent dialogue, particularly between Marlowe and the other Sternwood daughter Vivian. Entered 1997 into the National Film Registry.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lauren Bacall
Actor
16-Sep-1924   Key Largo
Humphrey Bogart
Actor
25-Dec-1899 14-Jan-1957 Casablanca
Elisha Cook, Jr.
Actor
26-Dec-1903 18-May-1995 The Maltese Falcon
Louis Jean Heydt
Actor
17-Apr-1905 29-Jan-1960 American character actor
Dorothy Malone
Actor
30-Jan-1925   Written on the Wind
Bob Steele
Actor
23-Jan-1907 21-Dec-1988 Trooper Duffy on F Troop
Regis Toomey
Actor
13-Aug-1898 12-Oct-1991 Burke's Law

CAST

Humphrey Bogart   ...   Philip Marlowe (Private Dick)
Lauren Bacall   ...   Vivian Sternwood (General's daughter)
With
John Ridgely   ...   Eddie Mars (Gambling House Owner)
Martha Vickers   ...   Carmen Sternwood (General's daughter)
Dorothy Malone   ...   Bookstore Owner
Peggy Knudsen   ...   Mona Mars
Regis Toomey   ...   Bernie Ohls (Chief Inspector)
Charles Waldron   ...   Gen. Sternwood
Charles D. Brown   ...   Norris (Butler)
Bob Steele   ...   Canino (Strongarm)
Elisha Cook, Jr.   ...   Harry Jones
Louis Jean Heydt   ...   Joe Brody

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