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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

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Spade and Archer is the name of a San Francisco detective agency. That's for Sam Spade and Miles Archer. The two men are partners, but Sam doesn't like Miles much. A knockout, who goes by the name of Miss Wanderly, walks into their office; and by that night everything's changed. Miles is dead. And so is a man named Floyd Thursby. It seems Miss Wanderly is surrounded by dangerous men. There's Joel Cairo, who uses gardenia-scented calling cards. There's Kasper Gutman, with his enormous girth and feigned civility. Her only hope of protection comes from Sam, who is suspected by the police of one or the other murder. More murders are yet to come, and it will all be because of these dangerous men -- and their lust for a statuette of a bird: the Maltese Falcon. Written by J. Spurlin

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18 October 1941 (USA)  »

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The Gent from Frisco  »

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$375,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. planned to change the name of the film to "The Gent from Frisco" because the novel's title had already been used for The Maltese Falcon (1931). The studio eventually agreed to keep the original title at John Huston's insistence. See more »

Goofs

When Spade pulls Wilmer's overcoat over him going towards Gutman's apartment we see him pull out two pistols. But Wilmer has his hands inside of his coat's outer pockets and you don't see Spade's hands going into the inside of the two upper inside pockets. See more »

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[first lines]
Sam Spade: Yes, sweetheart?
Effie Perine: There's a girl wants to see you. Her name's Wonderly.
Sam Spade: A customer?
Effie Perine: I guess so. You'll want to see her anyway. She's a knockout.
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3rd and most famous film version
30 March 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

i enjoyed this most famous version of the story.it's as good as the previous two.Humphrey Bogart plays the Sam Spade role and is good,there's no question there.but the real standout to me is Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo.Lorre exudes menace from every pore.he owns the movie in my opinion.i also liked Sydney Greenstreet as Kasper Gutman.overall,this third version is comparable to the other two.i can't say it's any better or worse.i think the reason it's so acclaimed is because it's directed by John Huston and Stars Humphrey Bogart,which doesn't automatically make it a better movie.don't get me wrong.it's a good film but i wonder how many people have actually watched the two previous version of this story first,and would this version bee rated as high if more people had seen the other versions first?anyway,for me, this third version of The Maltese Falcon is a 7/10


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