Does it make a lot of sense? No. Is it entertaining? Yes. And that really is what’s important in the end, at least in this genre. Its not worried about trivial matters like story or plot, but more in the characters and the tone and mood of the piece. Bogart is phenomenal as Marlow, creating one of the definitive film noir anti-heroes.
Fascinating case of a film where the director´s golden touch enables one to overlook a major underlying flaw: a plot that´s confusing as fuck. This would have most certainly been a train wreck in the wrong hands, but Hawks manages to elegantly glue all the right pieces together.