“The type of man she hated . . . was the type she wanted!”
Tough guy Humphrey Bogart and sultry bombshell Lauren Bacall made screen history together more than once, but they were never more popular than in The Big Sleep, the second of their four iconic teamings. In this masterful 1946 adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s classic novel, directed by Howard Hawks (Rio Bravo) and written by none other than William Faulkner, Bogie plays private eye Philip Marlowe, who is hired by a wealthy socialite named Vivien (Bacall) to look into some juicy trouble stirred up by her wild younger sister. Of course, Vivien has her own secrets to hide, but she can’t help falling for Marlowe anyway as he finds himself facing dangerous mugs, blackmail schemes, shocking scandals and an ever-escalating body count. Legendarily complicated (so much so that even Chandler himself had trouble following the plot), The Big Sleep is nonetheless hugely entertaining and wildly atmospheric, an electrifying plunge into the exotica of great noir detective fiction, fueled by the white-hot chemistry of two Hollywood megastars at the top of their respective games.