From: Maura McMillan (
Date: 04 Jan 2000

In an interview included in Backstory 2, Brackett recalled the construction of the big sleep screenplay:

"I went to the studio the first day absolutely appalled. I had been writing pulp stories for about three years, and here is William Faulkner, who was one of the great literary lights of the day, and how was I going to work with him? What have I got to offer? This was quickly resolved, because when I walked into the office, Faulkner came out of his office with the book The Big Sleep and he put it down and said: 'I have worked out what we're going to do. We will do it in alternate sections. I will do these chapters and you will do those chapters.' And that was the way it was done. He went back into his office and I didn't see him again, so the collaboration was quite simple. I never saw what he did and he never saw what I did. We just turned our stuff into Hawks."

At 09:30 AM 1/4/2000 -0800, you wrote:
>I thought William Faulkner wrote the screenplay for BIG SLEEP. Brackett
>isn't credited on -- did she do a ghost job or something?
>> Leigh Brackett, who was on my list, is female. But that was easy to
>> miss. Howard Hawks was fooled. After reading her classic HB novel NO
>> GOOD FROM A CORPSE, he decided "this guy" would be perfect to write the
>> screenplay for his film version of Chandler's THE BIG SLEEP. When she
>> showed up in his office, he realized his mistake, but he hired her
>> anyway, and he liked her work so much she ended up writing five more
>> movies for him.
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