The Big Sleep

Howard Hawks (director)
Raymond Chandler (novel)
William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, Jules Furthman (screenwriters)
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall (starring)

N.p. N.p., Circa 1972. Original photograph of actors Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart on the set of the landmark 1946 film noir. Struck from the original negative circa 1972. With Bogart sporting his customary fedora and Bacall in her iconic fur coat, with a hair net to preserve her style between takes.

Based on Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel, wherein hard-boiled private eye Philip Marlowe investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding a wealthy young woman's gambling debts. Although the film was completed in 1945, the final version was significantly re-scripted and re-cut to play to the public's fascination with newly married couple Bacall and Bogart, who first appeared two years previously, in Howard Hawks' "To Have and Have Not."

8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.

National Film Registry. Ebert I. Godard, Histoire(s) du cinema. Grant US. Penzler 101. Selby US. Selby US Canon. Selby US Masterwork. Silver and Ward Classic Noir. Spicer US.

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