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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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Synopsis

The 1941 mystery is the yardstick against which all private-eye films are measured. It's about a black bird.

Cast

  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Mary Astor
  • Gladys George
  • Peter Lorre
  • Barton MacLane
  • Lee Patrick
  • Sydney Greenstreet
  • Ward Bond
  • Jerome Cowan
  • Elisha Cook Jr.

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Directorial debut of John Huston. NOTE: Jean Negulesco began work on the film, and it would have been his feature directorial debut, but he was replaced after two months by Huston.
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Goofs

  • (at around 8 mins) When Spade is talking to Det. Tom Polhaus about the Webley, the sound stage ceiling can be clearly seen above the tops of the buildings.
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Quotes

    • Sam Spade: I don't mind a reasonable amount of trouble.
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I mean, it's Bogey. Nothing else to say.

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Metacritic

100

The movie is essentially a series of conversations punctuated by brief, violent interludes. It's all style. It isn't violence or chases, but the way the actors look, move, speak and embody their characters.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
88

With Hammett's dialogue incorporated virtually verbatim into the screenplay, Bogart in top form, and Huston allowed total directorial freedom, watching this first of the films noir is an experience to be embraced.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
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