The Big Sleep

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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Martha Vickers as Carmen Sternwood in a screencap from The Big Sleep (1946)

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

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Humphrey Bogart and Martha Vickers in the Sternwood Mansion in a scene from The Big Sleep (1946)

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Martha Vickers as Carmen Sternwood in a publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946).  One of the challenges screenwriters Wiliam Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, Jules Furthman and Howard Hawks had in adapting Raymond Chandler’s short story “Killer in the Rain” was toning down the wilder aspects of Carmen’s character for 1946 film audiences.

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Martha Vickers in a publicity still from Life Magazine for The Big Sleep (1946)

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Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers and Humphrey Bogart behind the scenes of The Big Sleep (1946).

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Humphrey Bogart and Martha Vickers in a screencap from The Big Sleep (1946)

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Humphrey Bogart and Martha Vickers behind the scenes of The Big Sleep (1946)

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

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Humphrey Bogart and Martha Vickers in a scene from The Big Sleep (1946)

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Carmen Sternwood tries to sit in Philip Marlowe’s lap while he’s standing up in a scene from The Big Sleep (1946).

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Martha Vickers as Carmen Sternwood in a publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946)

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Martha Vickers in a Warner Brothers publicity still.  Martha was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and had 33 acting credits from an uncredited bit in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man in 1943, to two episodes of a 1960 tv series.  The Big Sleep was her ninth film, and first credit as Martha Vickers.  Her previous films, when she was credited, were under Martha MacVicar.

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Humphrey Bogart and Martha Vickers in an original publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946).  It was her big break but she failed to capitalize on it.