The Big Sleep

"Extraordinary"

The Big Sleep Review


There's little else I can add about this proto-noir, one of the archetypes of the genre and a showstopper for Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, who spar through a catty romance while dancing through a taut mystery that has dead bodies turning up at every turn. (Bogie is assigned to look after Bacall's kid sister, who's prone to trouble. Martha Vickers, as young Carmen, almost steals the show; pay attention to her underrated performance.) With Howard Hawks and William Faulkner in charge here, there's simply not much to complain about.


The Big Sleep

Facts and Figures

Genre: Thriller

Run time: 114 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 31st August 1946

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Warner Bros. Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Fresh: 50 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 8.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

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Starring: as Philip Marlowe, as Vivian Sternwood Rutledge, John Ridgely as Eddie Mars, Martha Vickers as Carmen Sternwood, as Acme Bookstore proprietress, Peggy Knudsen as Mona Mars, as Gen. Sternwood, Regis Toomey as Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls, Charles D. Brown as Norris, Elisha Cook, Jr. as Harry Jones, Louis Jean Heydt as Joe Brody, as Lash Canino

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