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The Black Bird (1975)

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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David Giler

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Dashiell Hammett (characters), David Giler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
George Segal ... Sam Spade Jr.
Stéphane Audran ... Anna Kemidov
Lionel Stander ... Gordon Immerman
Lee Patrick ... Effie
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Wilmer Cook
Felix Silla ... Litvak
Signe Hasso ... Dr. Crippen
John Abbott ... DuQuai
Connie Kreski Connie Kreski ... Decoy Girl
Titus Napoleon Titus Napoleon ... Hawaiian Thug
Harry Kenoi Harry Kenoi ... Hawaiian Thug
Howard Jeffrey Howard Jeffrey ... Kerkorian
Ken Swofford ... Brad McCormack
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alderman ... Patron in Ballroom
Eumenio Blanco ... Hernadez
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Czarny ptak See more »

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| (VHS release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A novelization of the screenplay was written by Alexander Edwards and published in December, 1975, by Warner Books. See more »

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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Terrible, terrible movie!
18 November 1999 | by david-340See all my reviews

Possibly the worst movie I have ever seen. Very little in this terrible remake of "The Maltese Falcon" even remotely resembles the original. Spade Jr.'s office, supposedly the same as Sr.'s, is different. The statue of the falcon is a decidedly different, sub-par copy of the original, and the plot left a great, great deal to be desired. Pure garbage.


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