The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

Humphrey Bogart
Director: Howard Hawks Cast: Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
, Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
, Trevor Bardette
Trevor Bardette
Howard Hawks

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Overview

The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle, The Big Sleep casts Bogart as Raymond Chandler's cynical private eye Philip Marlowe. Summoned to the home of the fabulously wealthy General Sternwood (Charles Waldron), Marlowe is hired to deal with a blackmailer shaking down the General's sensuous, thumb-sucking daughter Carmen (Martha Vickers). This earns Marlowe the displeasure of Carmen's sloe-eyed, seemingly straight-laced older sister Vivian (Bacall), who is fiercely protective of her somewhat addled sibling. As he pursues the case at hand, Marlowe gets mixed up in the murder of Arthur Geiger (Theodore von Eltz), a dealer in pornography. He also runs afoul of gambling-house proprietor Eddie Mars (John Ridgely), who seems to have some sort of hold over the enigmatic Vivian. Any further attempts to outline the plot would be futile: the storyline becomes so complicated and convoluted that even screenwriters William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthmann were forced to consult Raymond Chandler for advice (he was as confused by the plot as the screenwriters). When originally prepared for release in 1945, The Big Sleep featured a long exposition scene featuring police detective Bernie Ohls (Regis Toomey) explaining the more obscure plot details. This expository scene was ultimately sacrificed, along with several others, in favor of building up Bacall's part; for instance, a climactic sequence was reshot to emphasize sexual electricity between Bogart and Bacall, obliging Warners to replace a supporting player who'd gone on to another project. The end result was one of the most famously baffling film noirs but also one of the most successful in sheer star power.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/25/2006
UPC: 0012569676817
Original Release: 1946
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 3:50:00
Sales rank: 2,212

Special Features

Closed Caption; Documentary The Big Sleep Comparisons 1945/1946, with UCLA archivist Robert Gitt analyzing differences between versions; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English & Français (feature films only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Philip Marlowe
Lauren Bacall Vivian Sternwood Rutledge
Trevor Bardette Art Huck
Joy Barlowe Taxi Driver
John Ridgely Eddie Mars
Martha Vickers Carmen Sternwood
Charles D. Brown Norris, The Butler
Dorothy Malone Book Seller
Elisha Cook Harry Jones
Peggy Knudsen Mona Mars
Sonia Darrin Agnes Lowzier
Regis Toomey Bernie Olds
Tom Fadden Sidney
James Flavin Captain Cronjager [1945 version only]
Louis Jean Heydt Joe Brody
Tom Raffery Carol Lundgren
Bob Steele Canino
Theodore Von Eltz Arthur Gwynne Geiger
Ben Welden Pete
Deannie Best Waitress
Tanis Chandler Waitress
Jack Chefe Croupier
Joseph Crehan Medical Examiner
Thomas E. Jackson District Attorney Wilde
Lorraine Miller Hat Check Girl
Forbes Murray Furtive Man
Shelby Payne Cigarette Girl
Jack Perry Mars' Thug
Emmett Vogan Deputy Sheriff
Charles Waldron General Sternwood
Paul Weber Mars' Thug

Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director,Producer
Leigh Brackett Screenwriter
Robert Burks Special Effects
Roy Davidson Special Effects
William Faulkner Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Jules Furthman Screenwriter
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Warren Lynch Special Effects
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Christian Nyby Editor
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Carl Jules Weyl Art Director
Raymond Chandler Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Big Sleep: Theatrical Version
1. Credits [1:00]
2. Weaning Needed [1:43]
3. The General's Daughter [6:18]
4. Handling Vivian [4:04]
5. The Book Collector [2:00]
6. The Acme Books Lady [3:41]
7. House on Laverne Terrace [5:40]
8. Harsh Words for a Special Delivery [2:48]
9. Missing [1:28]
10. Body in a Packard [3:23]
11. Office Visit [5:35]
12. Tail Job [4:11]
13. Menace From Mars [4:18]
14. Everybody Comes to Brody's [6:48]
15. Death at the Door [3:50]
16. Hitman...Clobbered [3:56]
17. Racy Talk [5:04]
18. Tears Flowed Like Wine [4:41]
19. Lucky Lady [1:56]
20. Parking Lot Rescue [2:21]
21. Kiss and Not Tell [2:06]
22. Carmen Bites [1:23]
23. Our Way of Saying Lay Off [6:02]
24. One Right Guy to Another [2:29]
25. Unfunny Drink [5:14]
26. Rendezvous With Agnes [1:22]
27. Spray Job [2:58]
28. Upsetting Mrs. Mars [3:48]
29. Confronting Canino [3:34]
30. Taking an Awful Chance [3:26]
31. Another Death at the Door [4:22]
32. Nothing He Can't Fix [2:07]
Disc #1, Side B -- Big Sleep: Prerelease Version
1. Credits [1:00]
2. Weaning Needed [1:43]
3. The General's Daughter [6:18]
4. Handling Vivian [4:04]
5. The Book Collector [2:00]
6. The Acme Books Lady [3:41]
7. House on Laverne Terrace [5:40]
8. Bringing Carmen Home [2:48]
9. Missing [1:28]
10. Body in a Packard [3:23]
11. Tail Job [5:35]
12. Office Visit [4:11]
13. Menace From Mars [4:18]
14. Everybody Comes to Brody's [6:48]
15. Death at the Door [3:50]
16. Hitman...Clobbered [3:56]
17. Recap at the DA's Office [5:04]
18. Completely Closed? [4:41]
19. Tears Flowed Like Wine [1:56]
20. Lucky Lady [2:21]
21. Parking Lot Rescue [2:06]
22. Kiss and Not Tell [1:23]
23. Our Way of Saying Lay Off [6:02]
24. One Right Guy to Another [2:29]
25. Unfunny drink [5:14]
26. Rendezvous With Agnes [1:22]
27. Spray Job [2:58]
28. Upsetting Mrs. mars [3:48]
29. Confronting Canino [3:34]
30. Taking an Awful Chance [3:26]
31. Another Deat at the Door [4:22]
32. Nothing He Can't Fix [2:07]

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