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"The Big Sleep"
Robert Montgomery Presents episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 2
Directed byNorman Felton
Teleplay byRichard Morrison
Based onthe novel The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Original air date25 September 1950 (1950-09-25)
Running time60 mins [1]

"The Big Sleep" is a 1950 American TV play based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. It was an episode of the anthology series Robert Montgomery Presents. Montgomery had played Philip Marlowe previously in Lady in the Lake. Many episodes of the series were adaptations of Hollywood films.[2]

The broadcast was Zachary Scott's first appearance on TV.[3]


Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by General Sternwood to keep an eye on troubled daughter.



  1. ^ "ON TELEVISION". New York Times. 25 September 1950: 42.
  2. ^ Stand by for Some Repeats on Video By John Crosby. The Washington Post. 25 September 1950: B11.
  3. ^ Stretch, Bud (September 25, 1950). "Air Waves". Courier-Post. New Jersey, Camden. p. 20. Retrieved September 15, 2020 – via
  4. ^ "Television—KSD-TV". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 25 September 1950: 33.