The Big Sleep (1946 Film)

The Big Sleep (1946 Film) Glossary

shamus

private detective

Valley Forge

A military camp in Pennsylvania that was pivotal in the American Revolution

gat

slang for a gun

brandy

an alcoholic spirit made from wine

ritzing

giving an ostentatious display

corrupt

dishonest, crooked, and unlawful

orchid

A rare and delicate type of flower

boudoir

a woman's bedroom

vice

immoral behavior

kibitzer

Yiddish term for someone who speaks unneccesarily

cipher

a code

paralyzed

immobile

homicide

a deliberate murder or killing

Marcel Proust

A French novelist known for his great book Remembrance of Things Past

negative

photographic image in which the bright areas of the film appear dark and vice versa

bump off

kill

Ben Hur

A novel from the 19th century by Lew Wallace that tells a Biblical story

proxy

substitute

Packard

A luxury American automobile

Lido Pier

A former bootlegger