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The Big Sleep (1946)


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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.

Plot keywords (from IMDb): assault, based on novel, bead curtain, beating, beret, betrayal, blackmail, book, book seller, bookstore, brandy, butler, california, car in water, chauffeur, corpse, cult film, dame, dead body, death by poison, detective, diner, drug addict, drugging, face slap, fake robbery, father daughter relationship, female taxi driver, femme fatale, flat tire, flirtation, forced suicide, gambling, gambling debt, gangster, gay subtext, general, greenhouse, gunfire, hard boiled, hidden camera, hidden character, hold up, hothouse, invalid, library, los angeles california, missing body, missing person, murder, national book award, night, nylon stockings, nymphomaniac, orchestral music score, orchid, orientalist, pay phone, photograph, pier, plot twist, poison, police, pornography, prank telephone call, private detective, private eye, private investigator, promissory note, protection, punched in the face, rain, rare book, rare book store, reference to charlie chan, reference to marcel proust, restaurant, roadhouse, rolling up one's sleeves, roulette, scratching oneself, scream, seduction, sexual attraction, sexy librarian, sibling rivalry, sister sister relationship, stakeout, stars married in real life, surprise ending, symphonic music score, tailing a suspect, taxi, telephone call, three word title, thunderstorm, tied up, title same as book, traffic, wheelchair, world war one veteran, philip marlowe

Cast and Crew

ActorRole
Humphrey BogartPhilip Marlowe
Lauren BacallVivian Rutledge
John RidgelyEddie Mars
Martha VickersCarmen Sternwood
Dorothy MaloneAcme Book Shop Proprietress
Peggy KnudsenMona Mars
Regis ToomeyChief Inspector Bernie Ohls
Charles WaldronGeneral Sternwood
Charles D. BrownNorris
Bob SteeleLash Canino
Elisha Cook Jr.Harry Jones
Louis Jean HeydtJoe Brody

Howard Hawks: director

Max Steiner: composer

Simon Bucharoff: orchestrator

Leo F. Forbstein: musical director


Film Statistics

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Film duration: 1:53:45
Music duration: 00:55:33
Pages in score: 168
Total themes: 42
Themes with variants: 11
Total variants: 63
Total gestures: 19
Total underscoring sections: 30
Total underscoring duration: 00:06:51
Total instances: 203

Themes

Name Uses Variants
Marlowe 60 37
Carmen 15 7
Walking 12 4
Hurrying 8 1
Vivian 8 1
Driving 2 7 0
Marlowe 2 7 3
Jones 5 4
Sternwood 5 3
Car 2 0
Questions 2 0
Canino's Death 1 0
Chevalier Audubon 1 0
Driving 1 0
Entering 1 0
Flirtation 1 0
Girl Driver 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
Mars Dies 1 0
Recovering 1 0
Signature 1 0
Station Wagon 1 0
The Big Sleep 1 0
The Blue Room 1 0
The Library 1 0
The Pursuit 1 0
Transition 1 0
Waiting 1 0
Walking 2 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
You! 1 0

Gestures

Name
Bites hand
Carmen falls
Coin in phone
Door slam
Drops hat
Glass drops
Hangs up phone
He skids
Jones falls
Phone dialing
Running
Running
Running and jumping
Running down
Running out
Slapping
Turning page
Turns light off
Turns light on
Turns light on
Water running

Underscoring

Name
Dramatic
Mysterious
Tense