The Big Sleep

Martha Vickers tries to sit in Humphrey Bogart’s lap while he’s still standing in The Big Sleep (1946).  One of the biggest challenges William Faulkner had in adapting Raymond Chandler’s novel for Bogart and Bacall’s follow up to their first film together, To Have and Have Not, was toning down Martha’s wild and crazy nympho character Carmen Sternwood.

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The Big Sleep

Humphrey Bogart as detective Philip Marlow and a dead guy in The Big Sleep (1946).

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The back of this publicity still reads

“The Look,” Lauren Bacall checks the steering gear preparatory to setting sail in the waters around Balboa, California.  Lauren and Humphrey Bogart, who star together in Warner’s “The Big Sleep,” are two of the most avid sailing enthusiasts in Hollywood.

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Lauren Bacall, star of The Big Sleep (1946) in an ad for RC Cola.  It’s been on the market since 1905 and is still being made, but when was the last time it was seen in the beverage aisle of your local supermarket?

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Humphrey Bogart and Martha Vickers in a publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946).

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

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Bogart and Bacall in The Big Sleep (1946)

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Lauren Bacall, star of The Big Sleep (1946) in an ad for RC Cola.

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The back of this publicity still reads

Today’s sleek unfussed face made possible possible by the great strides of motion pictures to improve the heavy stagey makeup of yesteryear when makeup for the stage was thick and harsh because of the perspective lost after the 15th row.  Here is lovely Warner Bros. actress, Martha Vickers soon to appear in THE BIG SLEEP in today’s story.  Complexion – fresh, bright:  eyes bright, clear mouth (that is a mouth):  brow clear – bared by hair that is not a creation but hair.

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Yes, possible is erroneously repeated twice, and the comma after actress is misplaced.

The Big Sleep

Howard Hawks in a script conference for The Big Sleep (1946) with Bogart and Bacall and screenwriter Leigh Brackett to Lauren’s right.  This is the only behind the scenes photograph of The Big Sleep, as it was an unusually tense experience for a Hawks film.  Humphrey Bogart had not yet gotten a divorce. so his relationship with Lauren Bacall was strained, and his frequent drinking got in the way of the production.  Bogart and Bacall were finally married before the film’s premiere.

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

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Bogart and Bacall at Warner Brothers while filming The Big Sleep (1946).

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The caption reads

ON THE SETS

Mr and Mrs (nee Lauren Bacall) Humphrey Bogart had a day off during production of their forthcoming Warner Bros co-starrer “The Big Sleep”   —–  so ——-    they spent most of it on the set watching supporting players do their stuff.  Film is to be released around Sept. 1.  In it Bogart plays the man Bacall is after, just as he did in their original triumph “To Have and Have Not.”

FROM Warner Bros. Studio

Burbank, California

Bogart and Bacall

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

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