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The Big Sleep

Private investigator Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) is hired by General Sternwood to help resolve the gambling debts of his wild young daughter, Carmen (Martha Vickers). Sternwood's older daughter, Vivian (Lauren Bacall), provides assistance when she implies that the situation is more complex, and also involves casino owner (John Ridgely) and a recently disappeared family friend. As people linked to the Sternwoods start being murdered, Marlowe finds himself getting ever deeper into the case.

Release Date

August 23, 1946

Running Time

114 minutes

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Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall

Martha Vickers

Martha Vickers

Dorothy Malone

Dorothy Malone


Director Howard Hawks

Screenplay William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, Jules Furthman

Producer Howard Hawks

Cinematography Sidney Hickox

Editing Christian Nyby

Music Max Steiner

Distributor Warner Bros.

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