An ITC/ATV movie, directed by Michael Winner and based on the Raymond Chandler novel with Oliver Reed starring as Eddie Mars, a Small-time gangster and owner of The Cheval Club.
Philip Marlowe (Mitchum) is the American private detective working in London, and business must be good – he drives a convertible Mercedes and wears a Rolex watch.
Retired American Army General Sternwood (Jimmy Stewart) hires Marlowe because he is being blackmailed. He has two daughters, Charlotte (Sarah Miles) and Camilla (Candy Clark), a nutter who poses for nude photographs with photographers who get shot through the head (Arthur Geiger, played by John Justin).
Every road Marlowe takes seems to lead to a character by the name of Rusty Regan (David Saville), the Irish husband of oldest daughter, Charlotte . . . except it eventually turns out that loony Camilla shot him dead because he rejected her sexual advances.
John Mills co-stars as Scotland Yard detective Jim Carson in this web of pornography, drugs and murder.
Joan Collins also makes an appearance as Agnes, a “lady” who works at Geiger’s bookshop which serves as a front for hardcore porn.
The title refers to death . . . “sleeping the big sleep”, which is never far away when the Brown Man (with the gammy foot) is around!
Inspector Jim Carson