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The Maltese Falcon -- Cinematic masterpiece stars screen-legend Humphrey Bogart asprivatedetective Sam Spade, a no-nonsense loner whose partner is killedwhilepursuing a case.
The Maltese Falcon -- Sam Spade, a private detective, gets involved in a murderous hunt for a valuable statuette.


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John Huston (screenplay)
Dashiell Hammett (based upon the novel by)
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18 October 1941 (USA) See more »
It's thrilling . . . it's chilling . . . it's the most baffling mystery story in years ! See more »
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
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Top notch mystery that kicked off the film noir genre of the 1940s See more (332 total) »


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Directed by
John Huston 
Writing credits
John Huston (screenplay)

Dashiell Hammett (based upon the novel by)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Thomas Richards (film editor)
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jean Udko .... hair (uncredited)
Production Management
Al Alleborn .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Archer .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Prettyman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Sullivan .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Gilbert Kissel .... props (uncredited)
Keefe Maley .... assistant props (uncredited)
William McConnell .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
William Conger .... gaffer (uncredited)
E.F. Dexter .... grip (uncredited)
Mack Elliott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Mike Joyce .... camera operator (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Steudeman .... best boy (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Burrell Kring .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Cora Lobb .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Arthur Lange .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Foulk .... dialogue director
Meta Carpenter .... script clerk (uncredited)
Natacha Nahon .... french adaptation: original version with subtitles (uncredited)
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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Finland:K-12 (1987) | Finland:K-16 (1946) | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2000s) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (1945) | South Korea:12 (2003) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (1943) | Sweden:(Banned) (1942) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #7457) | West Germany:16 (nf) (original rating)

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Having seen how profligate novice writer-directors like Orson Welles and Preston Sturges had been, Warner Brothers was not keen on giving John Huston too much control. The studio acquiesced when Huston agreed to do an immediate polish on the script for Sergeant York (1941).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Maltese Murder Mystery (2008)See more »


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60 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
Top notch mystery that kicked off the film noir genre of the 1940s, 1 December 2002
Author: back2wsoc from Chicago, Illinois

"The Maltese Falcon", scripted and directed by Hollywood first-timer John Huston (from Dashiell Hammett's novel), would go on to become an American film classic. Humphrey Bogart chews the scenery in his star-making turn as acid-tongued private eye Sam Spade, whose association with the beautiful and aloof Brigid O'Shaughnessy (Mary Astor), neurotic Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre), and morbidly obese Kasper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet, in his Oscar-nominated screen debut) over the recovery of the title object, sets in motion a movie experience that is as much crackling as it is dazzling. While much of the action and dialogue is considerably dated by modern standards, the film's essential power to mystify and entrance remains undiminished despite its age. While this was the third adaptation of Hammett's story (the first was made in 1931 and the second was "Satan Met a Lady" (1936)), this is also the best remembered and most praised, due largely in part to Bogart's seemingly effortless portrayal of the tough but softhearted, world-weary hero. Mary Astor and Lee Patrick were, respectively, the definitive femme fatale and girl Friday, and the villianous roles of Cairo, Gutman and Wilmer (Elisha Cook Jr.) were equally remarkable. What may not be wholly obvious is the fact that these three men have homosexual tendencies (as given in the novel), but just look at what's given: Cairo's delicate speech and manner, Wilmer's questionable quick tempered attitude towards Spade (could this be covering up the fact that he finds Spade attractive?) and Gutman's clutching of Spade's arm when Sam arrives at his hotel room. A polished film noir that gave rise to Bogart's mounting popularity. (Sidenote: The character of Sam Spade was originally offered to George Raft, who turned it down. Raft also turned down "Casablanca" (1942), "High Sierra" (1941) and William Wyler's "Dead End" (1937), all of which went to Bogart and helped to boost his star status. Bogart had Raft to thank for his enduring popularity.) A must-see masterpiece. ****

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