The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep (1946) Directed by Howard Hawks Shown: Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart

Raymond Chandler knew a thing or two about the breeze.  Consider this opening paragraph from one of his early short stories, from 1946, entitled Red Wind:  “There was a desert wind blowing that night.  It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch.  On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight.  Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks.  Anything can happen.  You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.”

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