The Maltese Falcon (1941)

JOHN HUSTON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Huston, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1941.  

Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon.

The one and only original film noir, the film that launched a thousand imitations. Granted, some of those imitations were even improvements on the original (I like The Big Sleep better than this one), but there’s no denying that this premiere John Huston film is a classic.   plays perennial detective Sam Spade, a tough P.I. with a penchant for wisecracks, who becomes the dupe of a gang of criminals when he falls for a weepy lady () and her bogus story involving a missing sister. Nobody is who they say they are, and we’re left to find out if Spade can survive the trickery of the many deceitful people he’s thrown up against. Great characters (especially a delicious ) and colourful dialogue abound, this one is unbeatably fun.

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