The Book is a Weapon (14)

By: HILOBROW
January 23, 2010

Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) studies Famous First Editions at the Hollywood Public Library, in The Big Sleep (1946, d. Howard Hawks).

BOTTLE-BLONDE LIBRARIAN (Carole Douglas): “You know, you don’t look like a man who’d be interested in first editions.”

MARLOWE: “Well, I collect blondes in bottles, too.”

Marlowe cracks himself up outside A.G. Geiger’s Rare Books and Deluxe Editions, before disguising himself as a pedantic, effeminate bibliophile.

MARLOWE: You do sell books, hmmmm?

AGNES, THE SHADY SALESGIRL (Sonia Darrin): What do those look like, grapefruit?

MARLOWE: You know anything about rare books?

ACME BOOK SHOP PROPRIETRESS (Dorothy Malone, before she went blonde): You can try me.

Fourteenth in an occasional series.

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What do you think?

  1. Dorothy Malone as that book shop owner — wow! Much sexier *before* she takes off the glasses and lets down her hair, IMHO.

  2. No H about it, glasses are a blatant seduction ploy, an invitation (in the enlarged iris) framed by a transparently coy refusal. Perhaps a Glennalysis of their role is in order?

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