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Brown Holmes (screen play)
Dashiell Hammett (based on a novel by)
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Release Date:
22 July 1936 (USA) See more »
Sardonic detective Shane, thrown out of one town for bringing trouble, heads for home and his ex-partner's detective agency... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Valerie Purvis

Warren William ... Ted Shane

Alison Skipworth ... Madame Barabbas

Arthur Treacher ... Anthony Travers

Marie Wilson ... Miss Murgatroyd

Wini Shaw ... Astrid Ames (as Winifred Shaw)

Porter Hall ... Milton Ames

Olin Howland ... Detective Dunhill

Charles C. Wilson ... Detective Pollock (as Charles Wilson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alexander ... Black Porter (uncredited)
J.H. Allen ... Bootblack (uncredited)
May Beatty ... Mrs. Arden (uncredited)
Barbara Blane ... Babe (uncredited)

Billy Bletcher ... Father of Sextuplets (uncredited)
Raymond Brown ... Fourth City Fathers Committee Member (uncredited)
James P. Burtis ... Detective (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

William B. Davidson ... Spokesman - City Fathers Committee (uncredited)
Don Downen ... Reporter (uncredited)

John Elliott ... City Fathers Committee Member (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Jackie Farrow (uncredited)
Kid Herman ... Bootblack (uncredited)
Maynard Holmes ... Kenneth - Barabbas's Young Gunman (uncredited)

Joe King ... Detective (uncredited)
Alice La Mont ... Mother of Sextuplets (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Edward McWade ... City Fathers Committee Member (uncredited)

Bert Moorhouse ... Extra on Dance Floor (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Extra on Dance Floor (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Second Photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Patrol Officer (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ... Detective (uncredited)
Eddie Shubert ... Detective (uncredited)
Ray Turner ... The Porter (uncredited)
Huey White ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Leo White ... Room Service Waiter (uncredited)
Douglas Williams ... Dock Walloper (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Pushy Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
William Dieterle 
Writing credits
Brown Holmes (screen play)

Dashiell Hammett (based on a novel by)

Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (photography)
Film Editing by
Warren Low (film editor)
Art Direction by
Max Parker 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director (uncredited)
M.K. Jerome .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Gene Lewis .... dialogue director
Henry Blanke .... supervisor (uncredited)
Sally Sage .... stand-in: Bette Davis (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (present) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros. Picture)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Men on Her Mind" - USA (informal title)
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74 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved (certificate #1869)

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The second of three film adaptations of Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon," this film has notable connections to both other versions. First, this film's screenwriter, Brown Holmes, was also credited as a screenwriter on The Maltese Falcon (1931), directed by Roy Del Ruth. Second, this film's cinematographer, Arthur Edeson, was also the director of photography for John Huston's The Maltese Falcon (1941). Third, Warren William, who plays the Sam Spade character (Ted Shane) in this film, also played Perry Mason in a series of films beginning in 1934, but was replaced in 1936 by Ricardo Cortez - who had played Sam Spade in the 1931 "Maltese Falcon". Finally, Bette Davis filled in for Raymond Burr when he had to have surgery in "Perry Mason: The Case of Constant Doyle (#6.16)" (1963).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The sign at the site of the first murder is misspelled; it reads "Glen Lawn Cemetary."See more »
Ted Shayne:Find anything in the divan?
Anthony Travers:Only a few hairpins and some loose change.
Ted Shayne:[holding out hat] Come across!
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008)See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
2nd film version of The Maltese Falcon (sort of), 27 March 2010
Author: disdressed12 from Canada

this 2nd version of the original 1931 film is a remake of sorts.the story is similar,but there's more going's more complicated.the characters are quite similar to the original,with a few minor differences.the names are all different.and the biggest difference is the object of everybody's attention.there's no Falcon,Maltese or otherwise,in this version.instead it's something else that everybody wants.i can't say i liked or disliked this version more than the 1931 version.they both have their merits.i will say though that i preferred Ricardo Cortez as Sam Spade to Warren William as Ted Shane(the Sam Spade Character).i also thought the part of Shane's was a bit too stereotypical of how women were portrayed back.they made her seem weak and the original,her character was stronger,in my opinion.on the plus side,i was really impressed with how great an actress Bette Davis i guess it evens out in the wash.for me,Satan Met a Lady is a 7/10

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