Vivian Rutledge: Speaking of horses, I like to play them myself. I like to see them work out a little first. See if they're front runners or come from behind. Philip Marlowe: Find out mine? Vivian Rutledge: I think so. Philip Marlowe: Go ahead. Vivian Rutledge: I'd say you don't like to be rated. You like to get in front, open up a lead, take a little breather in the back stretch, and, then, come home free. Philip Marlowe: You don't like to be rated yourself. Vivian Rutledge: I haven't met anyone yet that could do it. Any suggestions? Philip Marlowe: I can't tell till I've seen you over a distance of ground. You've got a touch of class, but I don't know how ... how far you can go. Vivian Rutledge: A lot depends on who's in the saddle.
William Faulkner (1897–1962), U.S. novelist, Leigh Brackett (1915–1978), U.S. screenwriter, Jules (Julius Grinnell) Furthmann (1888–1960), U.S. screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. Vivian Sternwood Rutledge (Lauren Bacall) and Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart), The Big Sleep (1946).