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Your Bogie Film Fix:
Director: Howard Hawks
Private detective Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) is hired by a reclusive millionaire (Charles Waldron) after his family is blackmailed with damning information about his young daughter, Carmen (Martha Vickers).
What I Thought
There are two things worth dying for in The Big Sleep – money and the truth. Almost every character is after one or the other exclusively, and the stronger they pursue their desired commodity, the closer they get to danger. In fact, the only character who appears truly safe is General Sternwood who’s confined to his mansion due to health problems. He wants neither money nor the truth as he’s willing to spend as much of his fortune as possible in order to keep the truth about his daughter from coming to light.
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