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Humphrey Bogart and Sonia Darrin in a scene from The Big Sleep (1946). Sonia was born in Houston, and died on Jul 19, 2020, at the age of 96. She had 13 acting credits in her career, from two uncredited bits in 1941 to a 1950 tv episode. Most of her appearances were uncredited, including a bit as a villager in Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman.

Sonia is also the mother of popular child tv star Mason Reese, who appeared in at least 75 tv commercials from 1969 and was a guest on The Mike Douglas Show at least 25 times.

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print ad for The Big Sleep (1946)

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original poster for The Big Sleep (1946)

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foreign poster for The Big Sleep (1946).  The same year, Warner Brothers also released a Bugs Bunny Looney Tunes cartoon, The Big Snooze.

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Humphrey Bogart and Martha Vickers in an original publicity still 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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Bogart and Bacall in The Big Sleep (1946), photographed by Sidney Hickox, who also photographed Bogart and Bacall’s first film together, To Have and Have Not.

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Martha Vickers as Carmen Sternwood in The Big Sleep (1946).

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Humphrey Bogart and Regis Toomey in an original publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946)

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Humphrey Bogart and Martha Vickers in an original publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946).  Just like Dolores Moran in To Have and Have Not, Martha learned that being the second female lead in a Howard Hawks/Bogart and Bacall picture is not necessarily a career boost.  Martha ended up with 30 acting credits in her career, through a 1960 tv episode

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Humphrey Bogart as detective Philip Marlowe in a publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946).

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Bogart and Bacall in a publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946).

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The Big Sleep premiered Aug 22, 1946 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  It was Howard Hawks’ 31st film.

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The back of this publicity still reads

Warner Bros. actress Martha Vickers is currently appearing in “Hollywood Canteen” and will soon be seen in “The Big Sleep.”                        From:  Warner Bros. Studio, Burbank, California                   (Printed in U.S.A.)

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original publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946) with Bogart and Bacall, Louis Jean Heydt and Sonia Darren