The Big Sleep


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

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The Big Sleep


nitratediva: “ From The Big Sleep (1946). In honor of Lauren Bacall’s passing ”

Humphrey Bogart makes Lauren Bacall itchy in The Big Sleep (1946)

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The Big Sleep (1946) is ranked as the 44th best trailer of all time, but the actual list of best trailers is nowhere to be found on the internet.  There is a list of the top 100 trailers, but the emphasis is on contemporary films.  Their number one pick is Terminator 2:  Judgment Day, with something called The Raid 2:  Berendal at number six.

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Bogart and Bacall behind the scenes of The Big Sleep (1946).

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The Big Sleep is Howard Hawks’ 31st film.

The Big Sleep premiered Aug 22, 1946 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Lauren Bacall as Vivian Rutledge in The Big Sleep (1946)

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oldfilmsflicker: “ Vickers is very good in the film, beautifully lit, as if someone had striven to get the shine of a flawed pearl, and allowed all variety of mannerisms - playing with her hair, sucking her thumb, and doing a sort of little girl’s...

Martha Vickers as Carmen Sternwood prepares to sit in Humphrey Bogart’s lap while he’s still standing in The Big Sleep (1946).   She was even more of an amoral nympho in Raymond Chandler’s novel.

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Bogart and Bacall in The Big Sleep. Lauren Bacall’s first two movies were directed by Howard Hawks, and starred Humphrey Bogart.

The Big Sleep (1946) is the second Bogart and Bacall feature.  Lauren Bacall’s film debut in To Have and Have Not was such a success. Warner Brothers tasked Howard Hawks with producing a follow up.

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Bogart and Bacall in The Big Sleep (1946).  Bogart still hadn’t gotten a divorce when it was filmed, although they were finally married by the film’s premiere.

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Vivian: Well, speaking of horses, I like to play them myself. But I like to see them work out a little first, see if they’re front-runners or come from behind, find out what their hole-card is. What makes them run.

Marlowe: Find out mine?

Vivian: I think so.

Marlowe: Go ahead.

Vivian: I’d say you don’t like to be rated. You like to get out in front, open up a lead, take a little breather in the backstretch, and then come home free.

Marlowe: You don’t like to be rated yourself.

Vivian: I haven’t met anyone yet that can do it. Any suggestions?

Marlowe: Well, I can’t tell till I’ve seen you over a distance of ground. You’ve got a touch of class, but, uh…I don’t know how – how far you can go.

Vivian: A lot depends on who’s in the saddle. Go ahead Marlowe, I like the way you work. In case you don’t know it, you’re doing all right.

Marlowe: There’s one thing I can’t figure out.

Vivian: What makes me run?

Marlowe: Uh-huh.

Vivian: I’ll give you a little hint. Sugar won’t work. It’s been tried.