A Story as Explosive as His Blazing Automatics!
|A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their sweaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon. Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) wants to find out why - and who'll take the fall for his partner's murder. Sydney Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, and Elisha Cook, Jr. join "Bogie" in this crackling mystery masterwork written for the screen (from Dashiell Hammett's novel) and directed by John Huston. The 3-DVD Special Edition also includes the 1931 version of The Maltese Falcon starring Ricardo Cortez and the 1936 film, Satan Met a Lady, starring Bette Davis. All three films are based on the same novel.|
" It's rare when you get everything to work so well as it does in this pic. Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[Satan] ...Davis, a year after her Oscar nomination in Dangerous, shines... Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
" ...the breakthrough role that would transform [Bogart] from perennial heavy to romantic lead. Pam Grady, Reel.com
" Best in noir - Best in Bogie - One of the best ever. Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
Editor's NoteHard-drinking private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) sleuths the backyard of San Francisco in search of an elusive black bird statuette while evading the setups of three disparate miscreants: the duplicitous Brigid, the perfumed Mr. Cairo, and the scheming Fat Man. John Huston's brilliant directorial debut is aided by first-rate performances, excellent camera work, as well as the director's acute attention to detail while shooting the film. Based on the crime novel by Dashiell Hammett. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sydney Greenstreet), and Best Screenplay. Previous versions of the story were filmed in 1931 (a.k.a. DANGEROUS FEMALE) and in 1936 (as SATAN MET A LADY, starring Bette Davis), and poorly redone in 1975 (THE BLACK BIRD).
The Maltese Falcon - DVD Review
By: Chris Barsanti filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 8/21/2009 2:42 PM
|The proof that some films are simply immune to satire or the wear and tear of time is fully contained in the sharp little diamond of cinema that is John Huston's 1941 version of The Maltese Falcon. (Dashiell Hammett's novel was actually filmed twice before, under the same title in 1931 and as Satan Met a Lady in 1936 with Bette Davis.) All the recognizable private detective flick elements are here, from the wisecracking P.I. himself to the femme fatale, scurrilous mugs who are too quick with their guns and too slow with their brains, and the McGuffin itself, a 400-year old statue of inestimable value....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Dashiell Hammett - [All] Based On Novel By|
|John Huston -  Director|
|Roy Del Ruth -  Director|
|William Dieterle - [Satan] Director|
|Oscar, Sydney Greenstreet,  Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Oscar, Hal B. Wallis,  Best Picture|
|Oscar, John Huston,  Best Writing, Screenplay|
|"When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it!" ---- Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) to Cairo (Peter Lorre)|
|"Don't be too sure I'm as crooked as I'm supposed to be." ---- Spade to Brigid O'Shaugnessy (Mary Astor)|
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