The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

DVD - 2006
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In The Maltese falcon, Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The woman who asked his partner to follow the man turns out to be someone who is not what she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the 'Maltese Falcon', a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind. In Satan met a lady, Sam Spade is now PI Ted Shane, pulled into the hunt for the jewel-filled Horn of Roland.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, ©2006
Edition: Three-disc special ed. standard version
ISBN: 9781419814839
1419814834
Call Number: DVD F MALT
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (100 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Wallis, Hal B. 1899-1986,- Producer
Blanke, Henry 1901-1981,- Producer
Huston, John 1906-1987,
Edeson, Arthur 1891-1970,- Cinematographer
Richards, Thomas 1899-1946,- Film editor
Bogart, Humphrey 1899-1957,- Actor
Deutsch, Adolph 1897-1980,- Composer
Astor, Mary 1906-1987,- Actor
George, Gladys 1904-1954,- Actor
Lorre, Peter - Actor
MacLane, Barton 1902-1969,- Actor
Patrick, Lee 1901-1982,- Actor
Greenstreet, Sydney - Actor
Bond, Ward 1903-1960,- Actor
Cowan, Jerome 1897-1972,- Actor
Cook, Elisha Jr.,- Actor
Burke, James 1886-1968,- Actor
Alper, Murray 1904-1984,- Actor
Hamilton, John 1887-1958,- Actor
Del Ruth, Roy 1893-1961,- Director
Fulton, Maude 1881-1950,
Holmes, Brown
Rees, William 1906-1961,- Cinematographer
Marks, George - Film editor
Daniels, Bebe 1901-1971,- Actor
Cortez, Ricardo 1899-1977,- Actor
Digges, Dudley 1879-1947,- Actor
Merkel, Una 1903-1986,- Actor
Elliott, Robert 1879-1951,- Actor
Todd, Thelma 1905-1935,- Actor
Matiesen, Otto 1893-1932,- Actor
Long, Walter 1879-1952,- Actor
Frye, Dwight 1899-1943,- Actor
MacDonald, J. Farrell 1875-1952,- Actor
Dieterle, William 1893-1972,- Director
Low, Warren 1905-1989,- Film editor
Davis, Bette 1908-1989,- Actor
William, Warren 1895-1948,- Actor
Skipworth, Alison 1863-1952,- Actor
Treacher, Arthur 1894-1975,- Actor
Wilson, Marie 1916-1972,- Actor
Shaw, Winifred 1899-1982,- Actor
Hall, Porter 1888-1953,- Actor
Howland, Olin 1886-1959,- Actor
Wilson, Charles C. (Charles Cahill), 1894-1948,- Actor
Orry-Kelly 1897-1964,- Costume designer
Forbstein, Leo F. - Conductor
Luick, Earl 1904-2003,- Costume designer
Hammett, Dashiell 1894-1961 Maltese falcon
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)
Vitaphone Corp
First National Pictures, Inc
Warner Home Video (Firm)

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A gallery of high-living low-lifes will stop at nothing to get their sweaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon. Private detective Sam Spade wants to find out why, and who's going to take the fall.


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ManMachine
Aug 28, 2018

Clearly a product of its time - 1941's "The Maltese Falcon" is (IMO) very much like taking a somewhat rocky, little stroll down old "Memory Lane".

While WW2 raged on over in Europe - "The Maltese Falcon" was just the sort of film that certainly proved to be one of the best kinds of escapism from the horrors of reality for American audiences back home.

Personally, I found this picture to be somewhat confusing in its storytelling.

I think it's interesting to note that author, Dashiell Hammett (whose 1930 novel of the same name was used as this film's basis) was blacklisted as a "Commie" in 1953 during the vicious McCarthy witch hunts.

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Derringer
Oct 14, 2017

76 years old and still ticking (?) - Barely.

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ManMachine
Oct 11, 2017

Last night I was feeling in a bit of a nostalgic mood. And, so - With that, I decided to take a stroll down Hollywood's "Memory Lane" with 1941's "The Maltese Falcon".

Loosely based on the 1930 novel (of the same name) penned by famous crime-writer, Dashiell Hammett (who, in 1953, was blacklisted) - The Maltese Falcon (clearly a product of its time) actually turned out to be a bit of a let-down (though not a major one) for me.

Now, I'm certainly not going to get into trashing this John Huston production in a big way - But I will say that this film has not aged well and its story clearly left a whole lot to be desired.

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CurlyWhirly
Oct 06, 2017

Now nearly 80 years old - This vintage, Hollywood crime-drama from 1941 was OK at best. It really hasn't aged very well. And the performances were almost laughable at times.

Very wooden acting and stock characterizations. There are irregularities in the plot line that would not be tolerated in a modern movie. The movie was frustratingly out of date.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jun 17, 2017

Not totally boring, but close; few old movies appeal to my sound bite sensibility--The action is just too slow. I'm looking forward to Baby Driver, Ronin being one of my favorite films.

EuSei Mar 10, 2015

Like Sam Spade, in the book the reader is left to wonder what is the big secret his client is keeping. The movie loses a lot of suspense by letting the viewer into it immediately. I don’t think Bogart was (physically) able to convey the Mephistophelian looks Hammett intended for Spade, but he did a very good job. Bogart made a more charming, not a so slimy sort of hard-boiled dick. Mary Astor most definitely conveyed the character’s psychological traits, not her beauty and youth—Miss Astor was then 35 years old, ten years too old for Hammet’s Brigid. I loved Peter Lorre as the effeminate Joel Cairo; but unfortunately Gladys George couldn’t get in the skin of the sexy Iva Archer of the book. Although a film noir, it didn’t carry to the screen the heaviness the book pages exuded. All in all, it was a very good movie, that I enjoyed more than the book--and kept quite close to the book's plot.

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akirakato
Mar 09, 2015

This is a 1941 film noir based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett.
The story follows a San Francisco private detective and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette.
In 1539 the Knight Templars of Malta paid tribute to Charles V of Spain by sending him a Golden Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels.
But pirates seized the galley carrying this priceless token.
The fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery to this day.
It would be much more fascinating if the director looked into this mystery.

LRS1969 Oct 02, 2014

OlivePlaid apparently has hard time realizing how special editions work... and that the movie is on the third disk!

Nor able to realize that this isn't a Complaint Section, but a book / movie review area!

In that regard, this movie is both a classic and absolutely excellent!

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OlivePlaid
Aug 09, 2014

Waste of time if you are looking for a movie since at least two of the discs in this volume are special features and not the actual movie named on the cover.

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Monolith
Nov 15, 2014

Joel Cairo: "You always have a very smooth explanation..." Sam Spade: "What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?"

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Monolith
Mar 06, 2012

Detective Tom Polhaus (picks up the falcon): "Heavy. What is it?" Sam Spade: "The... stuff that dreams are made of."

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Monolith
Mar 06, 2012

Sam Spade (to Joel Cairo): "When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it."

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Monolith
Mar 06, 2012

Sam Spade (to Effie Perine): "You're a good man, sister."

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