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Lauren Bacall and her husband actor Humphrey Bogart star in The Big Sleep.
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If you've ever read a hardboiled detective novel, or seen a film noir, the first scene of SundanceTV's new southern crime thriller Hap & Leonard will seem very, very familiar. "Here comes trouble," says Hap's pal Leonard — a gay Vietnam vet immune to the charms of women — as Hap's ex-wife Trudy approaches.

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