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foreign booklet for The Big Sleep (1946)

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Bogart and Bacall in an original publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946)

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Leigh Brackett and Howard Hawks get away with some outrageous sexual innuendo in this scene from The Big Sleep (1946).  Leigh would collaborate with Hawks on most everything else in Hawks’ career, through El Dorado (1967).   Hawks was unaware Leigh was a woman, until their first meeting.

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Bogart and Bacll in an original publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946), another big Howard Hawks hit at Warner Brothers.

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Bogart and Bacall in a publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946).  It was re-cut with 15 minutes more of the just married couple.  It made the plot incomprehensible, but if anybody notices, it’s of no concern, since all the scenes are in the best Hawks style.

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foreign dvd poster from an original for The Big Sleep (1946)

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Bogart and Bacall in The Big Sleep (1946)

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print ad for The Big Sleep (1946).

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Lauren Bacall soon gets an itchy knee next to Humphrey Bogart in a scene from The Big Sleep (1946)

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Elisha Cook Jr and Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep (1946)

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Bogart and Bacall were married after they finished The Big Sleep (1946), but before the film’s release.

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Bogart and Bacall in The Big Sleep (1946)

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The back of this publicity still reads

Ben Weldon, Tom Fadden, Humphrey Bogart in THE BIG SLEEP   636-49    A Warner Bros. First National picture.

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The Big Sleep (1946)

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Martha Vickers doesn’t fire her little weapon in The Big Sleep (1946)