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
This website has ranked this film 69th out of the top 250 films ever made, and AFI has put this movie in the top 100 American films ever made!! Such accolades are thoroughly justified, mostly on account of the fact that the innovative plot that this film purveys, simply astounds the movie audience!! Humphry Bogart is sensational in this flick.. his classic line of "This is the stuff dreams are made out of" is one of the classic lines of any movie made period!! The whole film is about a lot of dialog which encompasses the art of conversation through conniving chicanery and negotiations with the sordid underworld!! (Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre) There is an underlying premise of greed and undaunted avariciousness, not to mention, a widespread ego maniacal obsession with everyone about winning the prize!! Everyone wants to best everyone else... Mary Astor (Chicago Society) is remarkable in this film... Her feminine wiles camouflage her ulterior motives... Taking place in San Francisco, this film evokes a camaraderie with ancient Eastern World artifacts of irreplaceable value... Straddling both sides of the fence seems to be the prerequisite that makes one single individual emerge victorious throughout this entire film..Guess Who? Watch the movie to find out!! This movie is superb, and it exemplifies the term "Classic" when it comes to the all time movies in the cinematic history of fine film making!! I give it five stars and so does virtually anybody else who has seen this movie!! THIS MOVIE IS A MUST SEE FOR EVERYONE!!!
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