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The Big Sleep [1946 film] by Howard Hawks

The Big Sleep [1946 film] (1946)

by Howard Hawks (Director), Humphrey Bogart, Leigh Brackett (Screenwriter), William Faulkner (Screenwriter), Jules Furthman (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Lauren Bacall (Actor), Dorothy Malone (Actor), John Ridgley (Actor)

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A private detective on a blackmail case runs into some murders.

Very disappointing. The plot is nearly incomprehensible, even though I've read the book. There's a scene in the book, just when things get impossibly confusing, where they stop and explain what's going on; that scene was cut from the movie. Besides the trouble with the story, it's not a very entertaining movie. Every now and then there'll be a fun bit of dialog that hints at how good the book is, but that (along with Steiner's excellent score) is about all this has going for it. ( )
  comfypants | Feb 17, 2016 |
Fantastic story with awesome craftmanship. Highly descriptive scenes and characters. Philip Marlowe is the archetypal tough, serious, wisecracking, seen-everything ex-cop, yet honest with his own set of inviolable principles. The story begins as Marlow consults with California oil millionaire who is pathetically frail and disabled. He is unable to curb or protect his two daughters, in their twenties, and is being blackmailed due to their gambling and involvement in pornography. Having seen the movie w/ Bogart and Bacall, I'd say the book was much better. The complex plot and interactions were not as comprehensibly laid out in the film. Nevertheless, seeing the movie first helped to set the scene for reading the book. A-1 classy writing. Unlike Hammett, Chandler manages to be gritty without being too grisly. ( )
  Lynn_Barker | Jul 23, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hawks, HowardDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bogart, Humphreymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Brackett, LeighScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Faulkner, WilliamScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Furthman, JulesScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bacall, LaurenActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malone, DorothyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ridgley, JohnActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe takes on a blackmail case and follows a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues and the spoiled rich.

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