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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, Philip Marlowe

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
16-Sep-1924 12-Aug-2014 Key Largo
Humphrey Bogart
25-Dec-1899 14-Jan-1957 Casablanca
Elisha Cook, Jr.
26-Dec-1903 18-May-1995 The Maltese Falcon
Louis Jean Heydt
17-Apr-1905 29-Jan-1960 American character actor
Dorothy Malone
30-Jan-1925 19-Jan-2018 Written on the Wind
Bob Steele
23-Jan-1907 21-Dec-1988 Trooper Duffy on F Troop
Regis Toomey
13-Aug-1898 12-Oct-1991 Burke's Law


Humphrey Bogart   ...   Philip Marlowe (Private Dick)
Lauren Bacall   ...   Vivian Sternwood (General's daughter)
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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