The Big Sleep

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Released 1946

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Director:
Howard Hawks
Released:
1946
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The Big Sleep (1946), based on Raymond Chandler's first novel, was directed by Howard Hawks. Private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by wealthy General Sternwood to help him settle the debts of his youngest daughter, Carmen. It seems that Carmen has a gambling habit and owes money to Geiger, the owner of a book shop. However, the General's elder daughter, Vivian, approaches Marlowe without her father's knowledge. She believes that her father actually contacted Marlowe to find a man who has mysteriously gone missing. As Marlowe continues to investigate the bookseller, he begins to uncover a shady underground drugs and pornography operation. Since Carmen Sternwood is involved and Vivian begs for Marlowe's help, he is drawn deeper and deeper into a troubling plot of deceit and danger.

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Film Noir, Crime