Movie: The Big Sleep (1946)
Who does the sonning? Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart)
Who gets sonned? Carmen Sternwood (Martha Vickers)
Context: The O.G. of slick sonning, Humphrey Bogart delivers one of the finest lines of his career playing Raymond Chandler's detective Philip Marlowe in Howard Hawks's adaptation of The Big Sleep. During a meeting with a new client, Marlowe finds himself being flirted with by the client's daughter, Carmen Sternwood. In a beautiful put-down, Marlowe addresses his smug barb to the butler. The indirect diss is a thing of a beautfy, a subtweet, if you will, in a time before subtweets. —Ross Scarano