James, I have Carmen fitted for the murder as well. Although they dance ever so gingerly around the issue, it is obvious Carmen is a narcotics addict, and the logical assumption is the supplier was Geiger. Bogart makes a comment on how Carmen acts when she is refused something, so I can easily see her killing Geiger over a drug dispute. She also was known to carry a pistola, but then again not many people in the film didn't.
Was the version shown to US troops the same as the pre-release version on the B side of the DVD? This has an attempted plot explanation in the DA's office, and is without the 1946 additions of Bogie and Bacall recreating some of the sexual innuendo laced banter that sparkled in THAHN.
If this is not the case, that means there was/is a third version of the film!! As the team of Mr. and Mrs. Bogart only made the four films together, if only WBA could have combed the vaults for any additional material: Screen tests, outtakes, even bloopers, set photos, and perhaps even a pdf of the script and revision notes, etc... One would think the scenes required more than one take for any number of reasons. My preferences from the top: 1) TBS, 2) THAHN, 3) KL, 4) DP
How about you? The gap between 1 and 2 is miniscule, and probably not worth mentioning. I don't feel as strongly as David Feldman did that the 1945 version would have been a disaster for WB/Bacall, but it is certainly a better film with the 1946 additions. This film and THAHN ignited an interest in Noir that has lasted 40+ years, the impact was so great. As the saying goes, "they don't make them like that anymore." RJM
The 'troops' version is the one on the 'B' side. One thing that is odd is that there are two different Mrs. Mars; Hawks had to reshoot that scene to bump up the romance between B&B. Note that in the book Marlow was having an affair with Mrs. Mars and NOT the sister Vivian.