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Dashiell Hammett (based on the novel by)
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13 June 1931 (USA) See more »
A lovely dame with dangerous lies employs the services of a private detective, who is quickly caught up in the mystery and intrigue of a statuette known as the Maltese Falcon. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Enjoyed this 1931 Version of the Film See more (37 total) »

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Also Known As:
"Dangerous Female" - USA (TV title)
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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Vitaphone production reels #4808-4816 and #4781 (trailer)See more »
Continuity: When Ruth displays the envelope while on the couch, she is shown in one shot beginning to stand up with it in her right hand. In the next shot, it has switched to her left hand.See more »
Sam Spade:[First lines] Effie.
Effie Perrine:Yes, Sam.
Sam Spade:Honey, have I any more important engagements this afternoon?
Effie Perrine:Not that I know of.
Sam Spade:[Kisses the back of his secretary, Effie's, neck and gazes at her behind as she walks away] Yes, sir!
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyed this 1931 Version of the Film, 9 September 2005
Author: whpratt1 from United States

Discovered this original film of "The Maltese Falcon" 1931 and was amazed how this version of the story was produced. The film stayed pretty close to the Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greestreet and Peter Lorre theme. However, Ricardo Cortez (Sam Spade) and Bebe Daniels(Ruth Wonderly) acted completely different and the cheating of money from an envelope, caused a gal to have to take all her clothes off, in order to find out where she might have hid the money. Just mentioning the word take your clothes off in those days was probably horrible in a film during the 1930's. The ending of the picture was completely different, and the gal in question was treated with kid gloves. I always felt the Bogart Maltese Falcon could have done away with Mary Astor, the gals in this picture were more sexy and attractive that the 40's version.

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