Cinema: The New Pictures, Aug. 26, 1946

The Big Sleep (Warner) is wakeful fare for folks who don't care what is going on, or why, so long as the talk is hard and the action harder. The message, if any, seems to be that the life of a private detective is ill-paid, full of social embarrassment, yet not without its compensations.

Author Raymond Chandler's hero Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) hires on to help a tough old millionaire out of a bit of blackmail. Before he even knows her, one of the old man's daughters (Martha Vickers), a thumbsucking type with beautiful legs, indicates her depravity by trying, as the detective...

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