Screenplay by William Faulker, Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman; adapted from the novel by Raymond Chandler
Humphrey Bogart (Philip Marlowe)
Lauren Bacall (Vivian Routledge)
John Ridgeley (Eddie Mars)
Martha Vickers (Carmen Sternwood)
Dorothy Malone (Bookstore Clerk)
Peggy Knudsen (Mrs. Eddie Mars)
Regis Toomey (Bernie Ohls)
Charles Waldron (General Sternwood)
Charles D. Brown (Norris)
Bob Steele (Canino)
Elisha Cook Jr. (Harry Jones)
Louis Jean Heydt (Joe Brody)
How do you like your brandy?
In a glass.
Nice state of affairs when a man has to indulge his vices by proxy. You're looking, sir, at a very dull survival of a very gaudy life.
MARLOWE (about CARMEN)
I met her in the hall... Then she tried to sit in my lap while I was standing up.
And I don't like your manners.
And I'm not crazy about yours. I didn't ask to see you. I don't mind if you don't like my manners. I don't like 'em myself. They're pretty bad. I grieve over them on long winter evenings. I don't mind you ritzing me or drinking your lunch out of a bottle. But don't waste your time trying to cross-examine me.
You do sell books, hmmm?
What do those look like from here--grapefruit?
FEMALE CAB DRIVER
If you can use me again sometime, call this number.
Day or night?
FEMALE CAB DRIVER
Night's better. I work during the day.
Your story didn't sound quite right.
That's too bad. You got a better one?
Is it any of your business?
I could make it my business.
I could make your business mine.
You wouldn't like it. The pay's too low.
Somebody gunned Geiger or somebody got gunned by Geiger who ran away. Or he had meat for dinner and he likes to do his butchering in the parlour.
My my my. Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains. You know, you're the second guy today who seems to think a gatt in the hand means the world by the tail.