Quotes from the Movie The Big Sleep

My name's Marlowe. General Sternwood wanted to see me.

Philip Marlowe

Why didn't you go to the police?...Because you were afraid they might turn up something that I couldn't sit on. Then where would the Sternwoods be. Isn't that right?

Philip Marlowe

Oh, and by the way, Carol, you shot the wrong guy. Brody didn't kill Geiger.

Philip Marlowe

Somebody's always giving me guns. You can turn around now. I don't like people who play games. Tell your boss.

Philip Marlowe

A nice old guy has two daughters. One of them is, well, wonderful. And the other one is not so wonderful. As a result somebody gets something on her. The father hires me to pay off. Before I can get to the guy, the family chauffeur kills him! But that didn't stop things. That just starts 'em. And two murders later I find out somebody's got something on wonderful....Last night, the two of 'em...they went to the moon to prove to me there was nothing between 'em. But I think there is and I think it's got something to do with Sean Regan.

Philip Marlowe

Look angel, I'm tired. My jaw hurts and my ribs ache. I killed a man back there and I had to stand by when a harmless little guy was killed. Do you think I can tell them all that happened because Geiger tried to throw a loop over Carmen? If I tell them that, they'll swarm over your house so fast that every closet you and your family have been in for the last six years will look like a police convention. They'll all ask the same question - where's Sean Regan? Why did Eddie Mars hide his wife to make it look like she ran off with Regan? Why did you hide out there? You're playing with dynamite.

Philip Marlowe

Marlowe, you're ruining everything, yes you are.

Vivian Sternwood Rutledge

You can stop worrying and call off the bloodhounds. We found Sean....he's been in Mexico. He hasn't been very well...an accident of some kind. We didn't get all the details. I'm leaving at once to meet him...We haven't told him yet. We thought it best to wait.

Vivian Sternwood Rutledge

Well, I tapped the old man once six or seven months ago. I figured it might not work twice...Well, she gets around. I figured she might have a thing or two she wouldn't want the old man to know.

Joe Brody

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