me: “This plot isn’t making any sense at all!!”
Andy: “That’s Chandler for ya.”
Conclusion? Don’t watch a Chandler story with a Hammett fan.
Other notes: Andy ultimately concluded that the film made more sense than the novel (which amused me, because Faulkner was a co-script-writer, and when has Faulkner been known for being less complex??). It’s hilarious how often Marlowe gets an assist from a pretty, flirty lady (me to Andy: “It’s a story about a man with a super power. His super power is that he’s Humphrey Bogart.”1). Lauren Bacall is an incredibly sexy woman.