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The Maltese Falcon
- Humphrey Bogart

Overview - Hard-drinking private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) sleuths the backyard of San Francisco in search of an elusive black bird statuette while evading the setups of three disparate miscreants: the duplicitous Brigid, the perfumed Mr. Cairo, and the scheming Fat Man.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Hard-drinking private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) sleuths the backyard of San Francisco in search of an elusive black bird statuette while evading the setups of three disparate miscreants: the duplicitous Brigid, the perfumed Mr. Cairo, and the scheming Fat Man. John Huston's brilliant directorial debut is aided by first-rate performances, excellent camera work, as well as the director's acute attention to detail while shooting the film. Based on the crime novel by Dashiell Hammett. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sydney Greenstreet), and Best Screenplay. Previous versions of the story were filmed in 1931 (a.k.a. DANGEROUS FEMALE) and in 1936 (as SATAN MET A LADY, starring Bette Davis), and poorly redone in 1975 (THE BLACK BIRD).

Cast List

Adolph Deutsch
John Huston - Oscar winning American director/writer/actor
Robert M. Haas
Dashiell Hammett - American Author/Screenwriter
Samuel Dashiell Hammett - American Author/Screenwriter
Henry Blanke - Producer, THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
Gladys George - American Actress
Ward Bond - American Character Actor
Barton MacLane - American Supporting Actor
Emory Parnell - American Character Actor
Elisha Cook Jr. - American Actor, THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)
Jerome Cowan - American Actor
Charles Drake - American Actor
Murray Alper - American Actor
James Burke - Actor
Robert Homans
Humphrey Bogart - Oscar winning american actor, CASABLANCA, THE AFRICAN QUEEN
Humphrey DeForest Bogart - Oscar winning american actor, CASABLANCA, THE AFRICAN QUEEN
Sydney Greenstreet - British Character Actor
William Hopper - Actor, PERRY MASON
Peter Lorre - Slovakian actor, CASABLANCA, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
László Löwenstein - Slovakian actor, CASABLANCA, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
Lee Patrick - American Character Actress
Thomas Richards
Orry-Kelly
Walter Huston - Canadian Actor/In USA
Walter Houghston - Canadian Actor/In USA
Hank Mann - American Supporting Actor
Creighton Hale - Irish Character Actor
John Hamilton - American Character Actor
Jack Mower
Mary Astor - Oscar-winning American Actress; THE MALTESE FALCON, THE GREA
Lucille Vasconcellos Langhanke - Oscar-winning American Actress; THE MALTESE FALCON, THE GREA
Arthur Edeson

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 101
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 883929154296
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: October 2010

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Notes:
THE MALTESE FALCON was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989. Dashiell Hammett's novel was first adapted for the screen in 1931. Known alternately as "The Maltese Falcon" and "Dangerous Female," this version was directed by Roy del Ruth and starred Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Robert Elliott, Thelma Todd, Una Merkel, and Dwight Frye. In 1936, a second adaptation appeared. The William Dieterle film, "Satan Met a Lady," featured Bette Davis, Warren William, Alison Skipworth, and Arthur Treacher. After years of screenwriting, John Huston made his directorial debut with "Falcon." His father, actor Walter Huston, has a cameo in the film. Sydney Greenstreet made his sound-film debut with "Falcon." He was previously a member of the Lunt-Fontaine theater troupe. Mary Astor and Humphrey Bogart were cited by the National Board of Review for their acting achievement in "The Maltese Falcon." A colorized version of the film is also available.

Reviews:
"...The real spark in this suavest of mysteries is provided by its eccentric collection of villains..." -- 5 out of 5 stars - 03/01/2000 Total Film, p.84


"...Bogart was always in control....The movie is refreshingly cynical..." - 09/03/1998 Los Angeles Times, p.C18


"...Huston's strategy is crafty....It's all style. It isn't violence or chases, but the way the actors look, move, speak and embody their characters..." - 05/13/2001 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


"...FALCON is the archetypal American detective yarn..." - 12/01/2003 Premiere, p.5


"Boldly manipulative light and shadow, utilizing drastic camera angles, and introducing Bogart's Sam Spade, the first-time director's detective classic defines film noir." -- Grade: A - 10/06/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.57


4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] remains enjoyable for its razor-sharp dialogue....A great example of vintage studio alchemy." - 03/01/2007 Uncut, p.121


"There is a spareness of style here that puts many of today's bloated thrillers to shame." - 03/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.83


5 stars out of 5 -- "This is pure essence of film noir -- essentially starting the genre..." - 03/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.97

 
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