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The Black Bird (1975)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  17 May 1976 (Sweden)
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The son of famous detective Sam Spade carries on the family tradition of getting involved with the Maltese Falcon - and with the people who will stop at nothing, including murder, to get it.

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After the death of private detective Sam Spade, his son, Sam Spade Jr. (who only knew his father very briefly) is forced to inherit his San Francisco detective agency, much to his chagrin. He also must keep his father's sarcastic secretary, Effie Perrine ("Godzilla"), and must continue his father's tradition of "serving minorities". One day, an obese man named Caspar Gutman is killed just outside Spade's building, his last words being "It's black and as long as your arm". Later on, Spade is given an offer by a member of the Order of St. John's Hospital to purchase his father's useless copy of the Maltese Falcon. A right-wing thug named Gordon Immerman (Spade calls him "Andrew Jackson" after he gave Spade his "calling card", a bill), has been hired to make sure Spade delivers the bird, but he quickly warms to the detective, although the feeling is not mutual. Later on, he gets an offer from a Wilmer Cook, but before they can negotiate, he is killed. Shortly thereafter, he encounters a ... Written by Joel Cairo

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Why is everyone after George Segal's bird? Because he's Sam Spade Jr... and his falcons worth a fortune. See more »

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The movie is named after the continual references to "the black bird" in the conversation between Spade and Gutman in "The Maltese Falcon". See more »

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It's Funny !!
2 September 2006 | by (Downtown) – See all my reviews

I have watched nearly 400 movies over the last three years, covering every conceivable genre, from several different countries. I studied film in college. I re-watch movies with the director's commentary. I watch the special feature documentaries. I love movies. I've watched the entire top 250 IMDb of films - many of my favorites are up there. I'm picky about what I like. Intelligent, even snobby in my predilections...

Why I am among the few who think The Black Bird is funny, I'll never know.

I thought it was funny the first, second and third time I saw it. It just cracks me up. Maybe it's like a dog whistle that just hits me at a certain pitch of absurdity only a few "get." This George Segal at his best.

One reviewer said it's "politically incorrect." So...? So what? That makes a movie highly unique by today's standards. I get ill watching modern movies with their apologetic, revisionist, pandering didactic puke.

Go ahead -- rent it, watch it (if you can find it) I dare you.


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