The Maltese Falcon

DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Maltese Falcon
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, c2006
Edition: Three-disc special ed. standard version
ISBN: 1419814834
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE M
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (100 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Wallis, Hal B. 1899-1986Producer
Blanke, Henry 1901-1981Producer
Huston, John 1906-1987Director
Huston, John 1906-1987Author of screenplay
Edeson, Arthur 1891-1970Cinematographer
Richards, Thomas 1899-1946Film editor
Bogart, Humphrey 1899-1957Actor
Deutsch, Adolph 1897-1980Composer
Astor, Mary 1906-1987Actor
George, Gladys 1904-1954Actor
Lorre, Peter Actor
MacLane, Barton 1902-1969Actor
Patrick, Lee 1906-1982Actor
Greenstreet, Sydney Actor
Bond, Ward 1903-1960Actor
Cowan, Jerome 1897-1972Actor
Cook, Elisha JrActor
Burke, James 1886-1968Actor
Alper, Murray 1904-1984Actor
Hamilton, John 1887-1958Actor
Del Ruth, Roy 1893-1961Director
Fulton, Maude 1881-1950Author of screenplay
Holmes, Brown Author of screenplay
Rees, William d. 1961Cinematographer
Marks, George Film editor
Daniels, Bebe 1901-1971Actor
Cortez, Ricardo 1899-1977Actor
Digges, Dudley 1879-1947Actor
Merkel, Una 1903-1986Actor
Elliott, Robert 1879-1951Actor
Todd, Thelma 1905-1935Actor
Matiesen, Otto d. 1932Actor
Long, Walter 1879-1952Actor
Frye, Dwight 1899-1943Actor
MacDonald, J. Farrell 1875-1952Actor
Dieterle, William 1893-1972Director
Low, Warren 1905-1989Film editor
Davis, Bette 1908-1989Actor
William, Warren 1895-1948Actor
Skipworth, Alison 1863-1952Actor
Treacher, Arthur 1894-1975Actor
Wilson, Marie 1916-1972Actor
Shaw, Winifred 1899-1982Actor
Hall, Porter 1888-1953Actor
Howland, Olin 1886-1959Actor
Wilson, Charles C. (Charles Cahill), 1894-1948Actor
Orry-Kelly 1897-1964Costume designer
Forbstein, Leo F. Conductor
Luick, Earl 1904-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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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.

#6. Released in 1941. Directed by John Huston. Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.

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Mar 10, 2015
  • EuSei rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 09, 2015
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 02, 2014
  • LRS1969 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Oct 02, 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.

Jun 14, 2013

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.

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Nov 15, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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."

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.

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


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Feb 04, 2013
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