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Howard Hawks United States, 1946

Michael Harbour's rating of the film The Big Sleep

It's all about the dialog. And the delivery. The mystery is a mess that, if you try to think it through, probably doesn't hold together. But along the way there's the verbal sparring. The double entendres. And every pretty girl in sight throwing herself at a short middle-aged man with hard edged, wrinkled charisma. But really, its the dialog and the delivery. That's the polished gem of "The Big Sleep".