The Big Sleep

Synopsis: The Big Sleep is the story of a private investigator, named Philip Marlowe, hired by a wealthy general to find out and stop his youngest daughter, Carmen, from being blackmailed about her gambling debts; things almost immediately unravel and blow up from here, as Marlowe finds himself deep within a web of love triangles, blackmail, murder, gambling, and organized crime. Marlowe, with the help of the General's eldest daughter, Vivian, skillfully plot to free the family from this web and trap the main main behind much of this mischief, Eddie, to meet his end at the hands of his own henchmen.
Director(s): Howard Hawks
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  2 wins.
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114 min

Well, enough of that.


Read the other side.

These her signatures?

- Who's Arthur Geiger?

- I haven't the faintest idea.

- Did you ask her?

- No, and I don't intend to.

If I did, she'd just suck

her thumb and look coy.

I met her in the hall

and she did that to me.

Then she tried to sit on my lap

while I was standing up.


Your other daughter, Mrs. Rutledge.

She mixed up in this?

They alike?

They're alike only in having

the same corrupt blood.

Vivian is spoiled, exacting... and ruthless.

Carmen is still a little child who

likes to pull the wings off flies.

I assume they have

all the usual vices...

...besides those they've

invented for themselves.

If I seem a bit sinister

as a parent, Mr. Marlowe...'s because my hold

on life is too slight... include any

Victorian hypocrisy.

I need hardly add that any man

who has lived as I have...

...and who indulges, for the first

time, in parenthood at my age...

...deserves all he gets.


Pay him.


She signed these notes, didn't she?

Who's this Joe Brody

you paid the $5000 to?

I can't recall.

My butler, Norris, would know.

I think he called himself a gambler.

Geiger says these are gambling debts.

They may be.

Think they are?

You want me to take this Geiger

off your back. Is that right?

Want to know anything?

I just want to get rid of him.

Might cost you a little.

Thanks for the drink.

I enjoyed your drink

as much as you did, sir.

- You'll hear from me.

- Good luck.

Mr. Marlowe, Mrs. Rutledge would like

to see you before you leave.

About the money, the general

has instructed me... give you a check

for whatever you require.

Instructed you how?

I see, sir. I forget

that you're a detective.

By the way he rang his bell, sir.

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William Faulkner

William Cuthbert Faulkner (; September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays. He is primarily known for his novels and short stories set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, based on Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he spent most of his life.Faulkner is one of the most celebrated writers in American literature generally and Southern literature specifically. Though his work was published as early as 1919, and largely during the 1920s and 1930s, Faulkner was not widely known until receiving the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, for which he became the only Mississippi-born Nobel winner. Two of his works, A Fable (1954) and his last novel The Reivers (1962), won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked his 1929 novel The Sound and the Fury sixth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century; also on the list were As I Lay Dying (1930) and Light in August (1932). Absalom, Absalom! (1936) appears on similar lists. His first published story, "A Rose for Emily", is one of the most famous an American has written. more…

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