and someone begins screaming. Marlowe runs for his gun. Then, the men lead Vivian outside at gunpoint. She distracts them, and Marlowe shoots them.Vivian and Marlowe jump into the car and hurry to call the police, though Vivian tells Marlowe that she will try to protect her sister by saying that she killed Sean Regan herself. They get to the phone at Geiger's house, and Marlowe calls Mars, asking to seehim there. Then they wait for Mars and his boys.Mars finally arrives, and Marlowe stops him from cutting the phone line. He checks him for a gun, and Vivian comes to report the location of some other men. Marlowe tells Mars that he realizes Vivian has a deal with him but that he knows she didn't kill Regan; Carmen did. Carmen had liked Regan, but he had refused her because he liked Mars' wife. Carmen had been very high, and she had killed him.Marlowe shoots Mars three times, and the wounded Mars runs out the door, where his boys quickly kill him (believing him to be Marlowe). Marlowe picks up the phone and calls Bernie to report that Mars' boys have killed Mars, who had earlier killed Regan. Later, alone with Vivian, Marlowe suggests sending Carmen away for help. Vivian responds by saying that there may be a place to fix Carmen but that only Marlowe can fix her.8
CharactersPhilip Marlowe, played by Humphrey BogartDescriptionPhilip Marlowe is a private detective hired by General Sternwood to investigate attemptsto blackmail him. Marlowe has solved many similar cases and has a close relationship with the police. Marlowe is also friends with Shawn Regan who recently worked for the General but has disappeared without explanation.Marlowe's strong personality attracts Vivian to him, and he is attracted to her as well. Throughout the film, they go from being enemies, to being friends, to falling in love. Marlowe does his best to protect both Vivian and her family from rumors and speculation concerning their involvement in illegal operations.AnalysisMarlowe is a strong, independent man who does not care what anyone thinks. He easilyholds his own, both when Vivian verbally attacks him and when Mars' henchmen physically attack him. Marlowe is the all-around tough guy who also wins the ladies.Besides being strong, Marlowe is also highly intelligent. He uses his deductive skills to discover the real perpetrators behind the many deaths, blackmailings, and scams surrounding the General's family. Marlowe's intelligence helps him solve the case and win Vivian's heart.Vivian Sternwood Rutledge, played by Lauren BacallDescriptionVivian Sternwood Rutledge is the oldest daughter of General Sternwood. She had been married previously, but the marriage had failed. She now lives at home and tries to keeptabs on her wild sister, Carmen. Vivian is the responsible daughter of the family, but as she tries to protect Carmen, Vivian also gets caught up in Eddie Mars' gambling ring.