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The Big Sleep

Released 1946
Distributor Warner Bros.

The famous example of the whodunit where none of the prestigious writers, including Raymond Chandler, William Faulkner and Howard Hawks, could ever really account for who did what to whom. A year after the film wrapped the studio added two new sequences to expand the presence of Lauren Bacall, by then Bogart’s inamorata, which entailed dropping some explanatory sequences. Both versions are now available on video.

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About Larry Cohen

The prolific writer-producer-director Larry Cohen began his career in television creating hit shows like Branded and The Invaders.  His feature career took off with the killer baby trio of It’s Alive and two sequels.  Among his movie credits are Q – The Winged Serpent, Full Moon High, The Private Life of J. Edgar Hoover, Return to Salem’s Lot, Hell Up in Harlem and the screenplays for Phone Booth and Cellular.  He also wrote and directed the Masters of Horror episode, Pick Me Up. Larry passed away on March 23, 2019.

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