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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

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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).

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Bogart and Bacall in a publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946).  While filming, Humphrey had not yet gotten a divorce from his wife, so the set was more tense than for Bacall’s debut in To Have and Have Not.  They were eventually married before the film’s premiere.

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Bogart and Bacall in a publicity photo for The Big Sleep (1946).  Preview audiences wanted more Bogart and Bacall so more scenes were filmed and inserted into a re-edited final cut.

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Lauren Bacall as Vivian Rutledge is fidgety being questioned by Humphrey Bogart as detective Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep (1946).

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sparks fly between Bogart and Bacall in The Big Sleep (1946).  Howard Hawks masterly turned Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner’s novel into a Bogart and Bacall followup to another Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not.

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Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe gets his hands up in a scene from The Big Sleep (1946).  The character was first played by forgotten James Kirkwood in the forgotten Hired Wife (1934).  Philip was more memorably played by Dick Powell in the classic Murder My Sweet (1944).

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The Big Sleep (1946) was photographed by Sidney Hickox.  Sidney was born in New York City and had 165 cinematography credits in his career, from 1916, through 249 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and 78 episodes of its sequel Mayberry RFD (1960-71).  He also photographed Bogart and Bacall and Hawks’ first film together, To Have and Have Not.

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The New York Times critic was unkind to Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep (1946) complaining that she still hadn’t learned how to act, instead being content as merely a sex object.

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Martha Vickers in a publicity still.  Martha was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and had 31 acting credits in her career, from an uncredited bit in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), through her big break as Carmen Sternwood in The Big Sleep (1946), and two episodes of The Rebel in 1960.  Although her performance in The Big Sleep was unforgettable, she was unable to capitalize on her association with Howard Hawks.

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