The Big Sleep (1946) [IN PROCESS - Information may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies]

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Title: The Big Sleep [IMDb]

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Release date: August 23, 1946
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 114 minutes
IMDB genres: crime, film-noir, mystery, thriller
BYU holdings: https://search.lib.byu.edu/byu/record/lee.6769649

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Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

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Film Statistics

Film duration: 1:53:45
Music duration: 00:54:53
Pages in score: 168
Total themes: 39
Themes with variants: 6
Total variants: 47
Total gestures: 13
Total underscoring sections: 22
Total underscoring duration: 00:07:03
Total instances: 170


Name Uses Variants
Marlowe 57 33
Sternwood 9 6
Movement 7 1
Walking 7 0
Jones 6 4
Vivian 6 2
Carmen 5 2
Driving 3 0
Car 2 0
The Chase 2 0
Waiting 2 0
Walking 2 2 0
Agitato 1 0
Big Sleep 1 0
Blue Room, The 1 0
Canino's Death 1 0
Exit 1 0
Flirtation 1 0
Girl Driver 1 0
Hostage 1 0
I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan 1 0
I'm in a Jam With Baby 1 0
Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) 1 0
Marlowe's Hand 1 0
Mars Dies 1 0
Recovering 1 0
Search 1 0
Signature 1 0
Station Wagon 1 0
The Library 1 0
The Pursuit 1 0
Transition 1 0
Walking 1 1 0
Walking 3 1 0
What Are You Doin' the Rest of Your Life 1 0
Wotta Life 1 0
Wrong Address 1 0
You Go to My Head 1 0


Car door closes
Carmen falls
Coin in phone
Curtain swinging
Driving stops
Glass drops
Jones falls
Jumping over bush
Marlowe gets hit
Phone dialing
Running away