The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep Movie Poster


“The type of man she hated…was the type she wanted !”

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A crime noir masterpiece, Howard Hawks’  “The Big Sleep”. The black and white imagery of the UK quad film poster for the BFI 2010 re-release features both Humphrey Bogart (the private detective Philip Marlowe) and Lauren Bacall (Vivian Rutledge). The sexual chemistry between the two stars was one of the reasons the movie was so watchable and successful, resulting in their marriage shortly afterwards. As a general rule BFI re-release posters are incredibly scarce due to limited print runs and distribution, being shown in literally a handful of independent and ‘art-house’ cinemas with the updated imagery often superior to many of the original release designs. The rolled (as issued) UK quad offered here is from the 2010 BFI release and displays to excellent effect with fantastic black and white photographic imagery. A great looking piece of Bogart/Bacall crime noir cinema memorabilia for one of Hollywood’s ‘Golden’ couples and a classic of the genre.

Trivia: The second of four films made by real life couple and later husband and wife Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. This film follows Bacall’s debut in To Have and Have Not (1944), during which their romance was first kindled on set. Following this film, the couple teamed up twice more, for Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948).

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1946, BFI Release 2010


UK Quad (30" x 40") Single Sided

Country of Origin

UK / British


Very Fine plus; originally folded (as issued)


Howard Hawks


Dorothy Malone, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Peggy Knudsen, Elisha Cook Jr, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall

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