Geiger’s death is followed by a trail of other people’s deaths in connection with Carmen’s scandalous pictures. Taylor, the general’s chauffeur is found dead. Marlowe figures out that Taylor was in love with Carmen. He also thinks that Taylor might be responsible for Geiger’s death due to the naughty pictures. However, the blackmail trail continues where Marlowe thinks of a possible solution without success. Initially, the general thought that his Irish friend, Reagan had solved the problem. Reagan had escaped with another man’s wife. The events in the film unfold where Marlowe and Vivian Sternwood fall in love.
Towards the end, Marlowe realizes that Reagan had been killed. Marlowe knows about it when Carmen points a gun at him and attempts to kill him. Carmen had killed Reagan from the beginning of the film. Marlowe gets the wind of it and together with Vivian decides not to tell their father because it could break his heart. Marlowe allows Vivian to go as long as she helps Carmen alleviate her insanity. The thoughts of death as ‘the big sleep’ revolve around the mind of Marlowe towards the end of the film.
Just like the film “The Big Sleep”, “The Long Goodbye” justifies that killing can cause people to go forever. “The Long Goodbye” implies one cannot play around with death as it makes people disappear from the face of the earth forever. In this film, Terry Lennox runs to Marlowe’s home to seek. Lennox tells Marlowe to drive him to Mexico but does not realize that Lennox is wanted for the murder of his wife. Marlowe gets arrested as an accomplice of the murderer and released after three days. Marlowe wins his freedom after Lennox commits suicide in a hotel.
Sometimes later, Marlowe is hired by Eileen Wade to find her missing husband. The missing husband had disappeared several times but ended up in rehab institutions due to his drinking problem. However, Eileen has not been able to find