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The Big Sleep

Director: Howard Hawks

(1945) (110 min)


When Raymond Chandler created his fictional private detective Philip Marlowe, could he have imagined a more perfect embodiment of his archetypal hero than Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep? Howard Hawks’ movie is a film noir touchstone, and features one of Bogart’s best good-man-in-a-tough-spot performances, alongside the irresistible Lauren Bacall. Marlowe gets the assignment to clean up after the daughters of a dying millionaire, but dead people have a nasty habit of trailing in their wake. The famously tortuous story line seems beside the point when Bogart and Bacall are on-screen.

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