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The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep is a 1939 novel by Raymond Chandler, frequently filmed.

The Big Sleep (1946) starring Humphrey Bogart as the hard-boiled private-eye Philip Marlowe. Marlowe gets sucked up into a case involving a missing man, two rich girls, a complex blackmail scheme and murder galore. The eldest girl, a femme fatale[?], is played by Lauren Bacall.

The film was directed by Howard Hawks. William Faulkner cowrote the screenplay with Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman[?], based on Chandler's novel; the plot is so convoluted that Faulkner insisted that he didn't understand all of it.

The movie set the standard for film noir for years to come and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

The Big Sleep was remade in 1978 by Michael Winner[?] starring Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe. James Stewart appeared as General Sternwood. The action was set in London, England rather than California. The later film The Big Lebowski is also based on The Big Sleep, with numerous alterations.

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