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Bogart and Bacall deal with blackmail in ‘The Big Sleep’

Jul 13, 2019
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart star in “The Big Sleep” (1946, USA).

THOMASTON — The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library’s Friday Night Film Series, screening films weekly at 7 p.m. in Room 200 of the library, 60 Main St./Route 1, focuses on movies starring Humphrey Bogart this month.

On Friday, July 19, the series screens “The Big Sleep” (1946, USA), a classic mystery film of Raymond Chandler’s first novel. A wealthy Los Angeles family, the Sternwoods, are being black-mailed; private-eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) is hired by Mr. Sternwood and falls for his oldest daughter (Lauren Bacall). So convoluted even Chandler didn’t know who committed one murder, but so incredibly entertaining that no one has ever cared. Howard Hawks directed, and William Faulkner and Jules Furthman wrote the witty script.

The non-rated film runs 114 minutes. “Casablanca” (1942, USA) closes out the Humphrey Bogart series on July 26.

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. The Thomaston Academy Building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

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