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A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their sweaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon. Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) wants to find out why--and who'll take the fall for his partner's murder. An all-star cast (including Sydney Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr.) joins Bogart in this crackling mystery masterwork written for the screen (from Dashiell Hammett's novel) and directed by John Huston. This nominee for 3 Academy Awards00Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Greenstreet) and Screenplay (Huston)--catapulted Bogart to stardom and launched Huston’s directorial career. All with a bird and a bang!
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The DVD is equally impressive, containing 2 other versions of the same story previously filmed. It's fascinating to watch these interpretations and compare them to the classic we all know.
John Huston's adaptation was actually the third Hollywood take on Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade novel. The first "Falcon" (1931) got renamed DANGEROUS FEMALE in the early TV era. In many respects "Female" is truer to the book, is nicely atmospheric and has a rousing climax, but it suffers from a weaker cast. The 1936 Bette Davis film, SATAN MET A LADY strays farthest from Hammett's storyline and is decidedly unpopular.
SYNOPSIS for John Huston's "Falcon":
Mysterious Brigid O'Shaughnessy (Astor) hires the private eye firm of Spade and Archer to tail Floyd Thursby, a man she claims has captured the affections of her kid sister. Miles Archer (Cowan) volunteers for the job. When both Thursby and Archer are found shot to death, the police suspect Sam Spade (Bogart).
The plot thickens when gardenia-scented Joel Cairo (Lorre) visits Sam's office and offers him 5K to locate a small statue of a black bird. Sam quickly learns that Brigid also seeks the "dingus," as does the elegantly beefy Kasper Gutman (Greenstreet), who's willing to pay a much larger reward. Gutman's heavily-armed young bodyguard Wilmer (Cook Jr.) shadows Spade everywhere, while detectives Polhaus (Bond) and Dundy (MacLane) show up on his doorstep at all hours of the day and night, looking to solve the murders. Brigid is terrified of Cairo and the Fat Man; Sam doesn't know which of the three to believe or trust.
Huston's dierctorial debut is an absolute masterpiece. A nicely honed script, skillful photography and in particular, solid acting from all players makes THE MALTESE FALCON a film one never grows tired of. Very highest recommendation!
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(8.4) The Maltese Falcon (1941) - Humphrey Bogart/Mary Astor/Gladys George/Peter Lorre/Sydney Greenstreet/Lee Patrick/Ward Bond/Barton MacLane/Jerome Cowan/Elisha Cook Jr./John Hamilton (uncredited: Walter Huston/William Hopper)
The Hammett novel is the screenplay and vice versa. Having been a fan of the movie and the book, I have juxtaposed the two, coupled with Nathan Ward's book "The Lost Detective" (which by the way reminded me to revisit both) and find the writing sharp and crisp, the acting wonderful and multilayer without being overdone. The movie was lifted from the pages and handed to a cast and crew and production facility which have/well did the novel justice...