‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 181


Ok after picking up a sickness bug which resulted me spending much of the weekend in bed and with my energy and concentrations levels being somewhat low, annoyingly mean’t I only managed the one film…

#137 / 365 – ‘The Big Sleep’ (1946) – 114 mins
IMDb Challenge #83 / 250 – Ranked #161 – Via DVD Collection

Private-eye Philip Marlowe is hired to keep an eye on General Sternwood’s youngest daughter, Carmen, who has fallen into bad company and is likely to do some damage to herself and her family before long. He soon finds himself falling in love with her older sister, Vivien, who initially takes a deep dislike to Mr Marlowe. However, the plot thickens when murder follows murder…

With a plot so convoluted it almost impossible to follow and will take several viewings to unravel the intricate layers of mystery, of who has murdered who. Netherless with its witty dialogue and the style of dark lighting tones prolific director of any genre, Howard Hawks used throughout the film to create such atmospheric pleasure means you do get swept away with the mood of the film.

On top there are unforgettable performances from husband and wife (they wed shortly after starring alongside each other in ‘To Have and Have Not’ 1944) Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall who emit such sizzling intimacy it almost smoulders the screen – after sixty years ‘The Big Sleep‘ still remains an example of classic Hollywood film noir at it’s finest.


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