Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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

Spade and Archer is the name of a San Francisco detective agency. Sam Spade and Miles Archer and they are partners, but Sam doesn't like Miles that 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 that Miss Wanderly is surrounded by some dangerous men.

Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade
Mary Astor as Brigid O'Shaughnessy
Gladys George as Iva Archer
Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo
Barton MacLane as Lt. of Detectives Dundy
Lee Patrick as Effie Perine
Sydney Greenstreet as Kasper Gutman
Ward Bond as Detective Tom Polhaus
Jerome Cowan as Miles Archer

 Directed by
John Huston

Store by 
Dashiell Hammett

Nominated for three Academy Awards

This was the third film version. The other versions are as follows:
1st (1931) starred Ricardo Cortez as Sam Spade and Bebe Daniels as Brigid O'Shaughnessy
2nd (1936) titled Satan Met a Lady (1936), starred Warren William and Bette Davis.