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The Maltese Falcon

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. ; First National Pictures ; executive producer, Hal B. Wallis ; associate producer, Henry Blanke ; screen play by John Huston ; directed by John Huston
Title: The Maltese falcon
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2006
Edition: Three-disc special ed. standard version
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (100 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based upon the novel by Dashiell Hammett
Originally released as a motion picture in 1941
Special features: Disc 1. Warner night at the movies 1941 short subjects gallery; Optional commentary by Eric Lax; Theatrical trailer. Disc 3. Makeup tests; Audio vault. 2/8/1943 Lux Radio broadcast; 9/20/1943 Screen Guild Theater broadcast; 7/3/1946 Academy Award Theater broadcast
Contents: Disc 1. The Maltese falcon (1941)
Disc 2. The Maltese falcon / Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & the Vitaphone Corp. present ; directed by Roy Del Ruth ; screen play by Maude Fulton & Brown Holmes (78 min., 1931); Satan met a lady / Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. present ; a Warner Bros. picture ; directed by William Dieterle ; screen play by Brown Holmes (74 min., 1936)
Disc 3, Bonus features. The Maltese falcon : one magnificent bird ; Becoming attractions : the trailers of Humphrey Bogart / hosted by Robert Osborne ; Breakdowns of 1941 : studio blooper reel
Credits: Director of photography, Arthur Edeson ; dialogue director, Robert Foulk ; film editor, Thomas Richards ; art director, Robert Haas ; gowns by Orry-Kelly; music by Adolph Deutsch ; musical director, Leo F. Forbstein. Maltese Falcon (1931): photography, William Rees ; edited by George Marks ; wardrobe by Earl Luick ; Vitaphone Orchestra conducted by Leo F. Forbstein. Satan met a lady: ; photography, Arthur Edeson; dialogue director, Gene Lewis ; art director, Max Parker ; film editor, Warren Low ; gowns by Orry-Kelly.
Performers: ["Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook, Jr., James Burke, Murray Alper, John Hamilton.<br/>", "Maltese Falcon (1931): Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Una Merkel, Robert Elliott, Thelma Todd, Otto Matieson, Walter Long, Dwight Frye, J. Farrell MacDonald.<br/>", "Satan met a lady: Bette Davis, Warren William, Alison Skipworth, Arthur Treacher, Marie Wilson, Winifred Shaw, Porter Hall, Olin Howland, Charles Wilson.<br/>"]
Summary: 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.
Audience: Not rated
System Details: DVD; region 1, NTSC; full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
DVD; region 1, NTSC; full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
Other Language: In English with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired
Subject Headings: Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961 Film adaptations Spade, Sam (Fictitious character) Drama Private investigators United States Drama Theft Drama Swindlers and swindling Drama
Genre/Form: Mystery films
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Film noir
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Spade, Sam (Fictitious character)
Private investigators
Theft
Swindlers and swindling
Additional Contributors: Wallis, Hal B. - 1899-1986
Blanke, Henry - 1901-1981
Huston, John - 1906-1987
Edeson, Arthur - 1891-1970
Richards, Thomas - 1899-1946
Bogart, Humphrey - 1899-1957
Deutsch, Adolph - 1897-1980
Astor, Mary - 1906-1987
George, Gladys - 1904-1954
Lorre, Peter
MacLane, Barton - 1902-1969
Patrick, Lee - 1906-1982
Greenstreet, Sydney
Bond, Ward - 1903-1960
Cowan, Jerome - 1897-1972
Cook, Elisha
Burke, James - 1886-1968
Alper, Murray - 1904-1984
Hamilton, John - 1887-1958
Del Ruth, Roy - 1893-1961
Fulton, Maude - 1881-1950
Holmes, Brown
Rees, William - d. 1961
Marks, George
Daniels, Bebe - 1901-1971
Cortez, Ricardo - 1899-1977
Digges, Dudley - 1879-1947
Merkel, Una - 1903-1986
Elliott, Robert - 1879-1951
Todd, Thelma - 1905-1935
Matiesen, Otto - d. 1932
Long, Walter - 1879-1952
Frye, Dwight - 1899-1943
MacDonald, J. Farrell - 1875-1952
Dieterle, William - 1893-1972
Low, Warren - 1905-1989
Davis, Bette - 1908-1989
William, Warren - 1895-1948
Skipworth, Alison - 1863-1952
Treacher, Arthur - 1894-1975
Wilson, Marie - 1916-1972
Shaw, Winifred - 1899-1982
Hall, Porter - 1888-1953
Howland, Olin - 1886-1959
Wilson, Charles C. - 1894-1948 - (Charles Cahill),
Orry-Kelly - 1897-1964
Forbstein, Leo F.
Luick, Earl - 1904-
Hammett, Dashiell - 1894-1961
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)
Vitaphone Corp
First National Pictures, Inc
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Publisher No: 67601
79488
79489
ISBN: 1419814834
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE M
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List - Film Noir 101 by: nypl_mid_manhattan Aug 18, 2012

The Maltese Falcon (1941, 100 min) is directed by John Huston and stars Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. It is based on Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel of the same name. Originally released by Warner Bros. Pictures on October 18, 1941.


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Aug 09, 2014
  • OlivePlaid rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 04, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

First and best film noir, in fact one of the best films ever made. Everything about it is letter perfect. Bogart is overpowering as Sam Spade, and Mary Astor is the very essence of a femme fatale, plus the supporting cast is flawless.

Oct 23, 2013
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

why is it assumed that woman is going to jail for killing miles? sam spades' say so? theres no evidence against her.

Everyone who likes movies should watch this a few times over their lifetime. I'll just comment about the features, which aren't real features. Other than the trailers for a few contemporary films, there's only one feature. It's a commentary overdubbed over the film as it progresses, but it's really about this and that character actor (Ward Bond, for instance) and his career and relationship to Bogart, or someone else. Nothing about the film itself. A few quaint notes here and there about a poster in the background in this particular scene that advertises a Bogie flick that was his very worst; or about how only in a single wordless scene, where his partner gets shot, does Sam Spade not appear onscreen. Etc.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A stylistic piece of workmanship. (Supposedly) touted as the first of the film noir genre. Bogart was larger than life. The entire cast was superb, notably the 'humbugging' Greenstreet, and the sniveling Lorre. A helluva directorial debut for John Huston. FIVE STARS.

May 24, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good film with a bit of a let down concerning the solution to the mystery.

Mar 12, 2012
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best films ever, period. Bogart at his finest, and he's surrounded by a brilliant cast.

Feb 21, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considered to be the best film noir ever produced. And John Huston made this as a first time director.

"This is the stuff that dreams are made of."

Jan 24, 2012
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A classic!! See it.

Oct 15, 2011
  • aaa5756 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A++ all the way for this movie!!!!

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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