It's eleven o'clock on a cloudy October morning. Weather forecast: rain, plenty of it. Detective Philip Marlowe enters the Sternwood mansion in Los Angeles, dressed in his best suit. He's calling on one of the wealthiest men in the city, after all.
Marlowe looks around at the ritzy interior of the mansion when his eyes fall on a stained glass window of a knight rescuing a naked woman tied to a tree. Think King Arthur in Camelot.
Enter Carmen Sternwood, the beautiful blonde bombshell (try saying that three times fast!). She has a weird habit of biting her thumb and giggling constantly.