Adventures in American Filmmaking #135


Today's Adventure: With cast gathered 'round him wearily, Howard Hawks gets to the bottom of The Big Sleep (1945)

7 comments:

Loyolalaw98 said...

Is it true that Hawks had to telegram Raymond Chandler to ask who had killed a character (the chaffeur?) And then got the response "I don't know."

Vanwall said...

Chandler was testy - he knew damn well what went on.

Joe Brody is about to get it in the next scene - another man who's not smart all the way around the course. Agnes shoulda tried selling real grapefruit.

squeezegutalley said...

Hawks in interview: "I asked him [Chandler] to explain who killed so-and-so. He wired back and said it was George somebody. I said it couldn't be George; he was down at the beach at that time. He wired back and said, 'Then I don't know either.' Actually we didn't care. it was the first time I made a picture and just decided I wasn't going to explain things. I was just going to try and make good scenes."

My guess is that Hawks is having fun with his interviewer...

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MichaelRyerson said...

Agnes: 'Well, so long, copper. Wish me luck. I got a raw deal.'

Marlowe: 'Hey, your kind always does.'

Brooks said...

Back in the day porn was sold at rare book stores.

Brooks said...

... and the scene with the girl down in the bookstore down the street where Bogey stays for a while. Wow.

Brynn said...

That girl in the bookstore was a pre-platinum Dorothy Malone!