The Big Sleep
Bogie and Bacall are electrifying in Howard Hawks’ witty version of Chandler’s classic crime novel.
Dir Howard Hawks
With Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers
Raymond Chandler’s novel becomes, in the hands of Hawks and his illustrious scriptwriters (William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman), a beguiling blend of labyrinthine noir mystery and sassy love story, with Bogart’s Philip Marlowe and Bacall’s Vivian Rutledge yielding with an innuendo-laden vengeance to their mutual attraction. The crimes and misdemeanours – drugs, blackmail, murder, etc – provide a spicy backdrop to their courtship.