Have Slept Through That Bit!!
Hawks was the director of the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
movie, “The Big
Sleep”. He liked
the script except for one small concern - Howard couldn’t figure
out who had killed a certain character in the film.
The answer was not in the script, written by William
Faulkner, Jules Furthman, and Leigh Brackett, nor
was it in the book from which the script had been adapted.
Big Sleep was Raymond Chandler’s first novel.
Previously he had written stories for pulp fiction magazines.
Mr Chandler made great use of his previous writing experience
and incorporated the plot and details from his stories, “Killer in
the Rain”, “The Curtain” and “Finger Man” into his novel.
tell me ..."
Hawks thought the perfect person to ask about the unknown murderer
was Raymond Chandler – the man who had first seen the entire story
in his head. Howard was
Chandler was completely irreverent and unconcerned when he told the
curious director, “The butler did it!”
Hawks was annoyed by the obviously incorrect answer and was heard to
say, “Like hell he did … he was down at the beach house at the
The Big Sleep
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