The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep (1946)

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  • Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1946-08-23
  • User Rating: 7.6/10 from 1003 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 54min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Howard Hawks
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Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wealthy General Sternwood regarding a matter involving his youngest daughter Carmen. Before the complex case is over, Marlowe sees murder, blackmail, deception, and what might be love.

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  • Humphrey Bogart

    as Philip Marlowe
  • Lauren Bacall

    as Vivian Sternwood Rutledge
  • John Ridgely

    as Eddie Mars
  • Martha Vickers

    as Carmen Sternwood
  • Elisha Cook Jr.

    as Harry Jones
  • Charles Waldron

    as General Sternwood
  • Regis Toomey

    as Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls
  • Louis Jean Heydt

    as Joe Brody
  • Dorothy Malone

    as Acme Bookstore Proprietress
  • Peggy Knudsen

    as Mona Mars
  • Charles D. Brown

    as Norris the Butler
  • Bob Steele

    as Lash Canino
  • Sonia Darrin

    as Agnes Lowzier (uncredited)
  • Trevor Bardette

    as Art Huck (uncredited)
  • Joy Barlow

    as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • Max Barwyn

    as Max - Head Waiter (uncredited)
  • Deannie Best

    as Waitress (uncredited)
  • Tanis Chandler

    as Waitress (uncredited)
  • Jack Chefe

    as Croupier (uncredited)
  • James Conaty

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Joseph Crehan

    as Medical Examiner (uncredited)
  • Jack Deery

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Carole Douglas

    as Librarian (uncredited)
  • Jay Eaton

    as Casino Patron (uncredited)
  • Tom Fadden

    as Sidney (uncredited)
  • Bess Flowers

    as Woman with Bumped Man
  • Kenneth Gibson

    as Casino Patron (uncredited)
  • Joe Gilbert

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Stuart Hall

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Shep Houghton

    as Casino Patron (uncredited)
  • Kenner G. Kemp

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Pete Kooy

    as Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
  • Lorraine Miller

    as Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
  • Forbes Murray

    as Furtive Man (uncredited)
  • William H. O'Brien

    as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Shelby Payne

    as Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
  • Jack Perry

    as Silent Thug Beating Marlowe (uncredited)
  • Tommy Rafferty

    as Carol Lundgren (uncredited)
  • Waclaw Rekwart

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Edward Rickard

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Sayre

    as Croupier (uncredited)
  • Emmett Vogan

    as Ed - Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
  • Theodore von Eltz

    as Arthur Gwynn Geiger (uncredited)
  • Wally Walker

    as Mars' Thug (uncredited)
  • Dan Wallace

    as Owen Taylor (uncredited)
  • Paul Weber

    as Mars' Thug (uncredited)
  • Ben Welden

    as Pete (uncredited)
  • Suzanne Ridgway

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Writing Jules Furthman Screenplay
Writing Leigh Brackett Screenplay
Editing Christian Nyby Editor
Production Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Art Fred M. MacLean Set Decoration
Directing Howard Hawks Director
Sound Max Steiner Original Music Composer
Writing Raymond Chandler Novel
Writing William Faulkner Screenplay
Art Carl Jules Weyl Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Perc Westmore Makeup Artist
Production Howard Hawks Producer
Camera Sidney Hickox Director of Photography
Sound Robert B. Lee Sound Designer
Visual Effects Paul Detlefsen Matte Painter
Costume & Make-Up Leah Rhodes Wardrobe Designer
Crew Roy Davidson Special Effects
Crew Warren Lynch Special Effects
Sound Robert B. Lee Sound
Sound Leo F. Forbstein Music Director