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- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: October 5, 2010
- Originally Released: 1941
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Commentary by Bogart Biographer Eric Lax
- Warner Night at the Movies 1941 Short Subjects Gallery:
- Technicolor Musical Short The Gay Parisian
- 2 Classic Cartoons: Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt and Meet John Doughboy
- Plus Trailers of This Movie and 1941's Sergeant York
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Humphrey Bogart & Mary Astor|
|Performer:||Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Elisha Cook, Jr., Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick, Jerome Cowan, James Burke, Murray Alper, John Hamilton, Emory Parnell, Robert Homans, Creighton Hale, Charles Drake, William Hopper, Hank Mann & Jack Mower|
|Directed by||John Huston|
|Edited by||Thomas Richards|
|Screenwriting by||John Huston|
|Composition by||Adolph Deutsch|
|Story by||Dashiell Hammett|
|Produced by||Henry Blanke|
|Director of Photography:||Arthur Edeson|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it!"
- Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) to Cairo (Peter Lorre)
"Don't be too sure I'm as crooked as I'm supposed to be."
- Spade to Brigid O'Shaugnessy (Mary Astor)
"The stuff that dreams are made of."
4 stars out of 5 -- [The film] remains enjoyable for its razor-sharp dialogue....A great example of vintage studio alchemy.
This is one of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form. Full Review
This still rates as one of the very best crime-and-mystery jobs Hollywood has ever offered. Full Review
Huston knows just what he is doing all the time... How nice to be a little behind the director instead of, as normally, ten minutes ahead of him. Full Review
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
Who can argue with Bogart's glower or Mary Astor in her ratty fur? Full Review
5 stars out of 5 -- This is pure essence of film noir -- essentially starting the genre...
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).
Action | Detectives | Classic | Mystery | Thriller | Betrayal | Film Noir | Recommended | Essential Cinema
- 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.