A screenplay of Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep
Mimeographed Manuscript by William Faulkner and Leigh Brackett, 178 pp, [Burbank], March 16, 1945 (blue revision pages dated as late as January 19, 1946 bound in), in blue Warner Bros. wrappers stamped "cutter's script" and "stenographic department" to upper cover, some thumbing and wear, edges of wrappers chipped. In custom slipcase. Together with photocopy of the dialogue transcript of the film.
Provenance: Serendipity Books (receipt laid in); the Richard Manney Collection.
The Big Sleep enjoys a reputation as a great noir classic with a plot that is all but impossible to untangle. Bogart and Bacall were cast opposite each other for the second time, but the film, originally completed in 1945, had its release delayed until the end of World War II so that Warner Bros. could discharge its backlog of war-related films. In the meantime, the public's fever for the couple grew exponentially after the success of To Have and Have Not and their subsequent marriage, so that Bacall's agent, Charlie Feldman, asked Jack Warner to reshoot portions of the film to capitalize on the couple's chemistry. He agreed, and the suggestive scenes in Vivian's bedroom and at the casino were added (and are bound in here at the rear of the script). Faulkner and Brackett share screen credit with Jules Furthman in the final film.