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The Big Sleep

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep.

Private detective Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) has been hired to resolve the problem of Geiger, a blackmailer who has compromising photos of Carmen, the young daughter of Marlowe's client, wealthy invalid General Sternwood. There is also a third Sternwood, older daughter Vivian (Lauren Bacall), the most capable of the three and someone Marlowe finds alluring, despite her often haughty disposition. The blackmailer Geiger is soon found dead at the feet of drug-addled Carmen, and a complicated series of murders and betrayals ensue. Here we see Marlowe and Vivian inside a ranch house where they're about to encounter Canino, a cold-blooded thug who has already killed one man, and intends for Marlowe to die next.

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