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After two previous film versions of Dashiell Hammett's detective classic The Maltese Falcon, Warner Bros. finally got it right in 1941--or, rather, John Huston, a long-established screenwriter making his directorial debut, got it right, simply by adhering as closely as possible to the original. Taking over from a recalcitrant George Raft, Humphrey Bogart achieved true stardom as Sam Spade, a hard-boiled San Francisco private eye who can be as unscrupulous as the next guy but also adheres to his own personal code of honor. ...

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Leopold S

Jun 7, 2020

A Masterpiece

The book & the film are both, in a word, PERFECTION. Everything flows, everything is great, everything is SUPER entertaining, human & memorable. A dozen brilliant performances & all plot-holes brilliantly hidden by great pacing & performances!!!! If only every movie could be half this good!


Jan 13, 2011

Good Novel

My mom liked Bogart, Lorre and Mary Astor in
this Old Time Mystery.

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