The Maltese Falcon

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Spade and Archer is the name of a San Francisco detective agency. That's for Sam Spade and Miles Archer. The two men are partners, but Sam doesn't like Miles much. A knockout, who goes by the name of Miss Wonderly, walks into their office; and by that night everything's changed. Miles is dead. And so is a man named Floyd Thursby. It seems Miss Wonderly is surrounded by dangerous men. There's Joel Cairo, who uses gardenia-scented calling cards. There's Kasper Gutman, with his enormous girth and feigned civility. Her only hope of protection comes from Sam, who is suspected by the police of one or the other murder. More murders are yet to come, and it will all be because of these dangerous men -- and their lust for a statuette of a bird: the Maltese Falcon.

Director: John Huston
Writer: John Huston (screen play by), Dashiell Hammett (based upon the novel by)
Production: N/A
Year: 1941
MetaScore: 96/100
ImdbRating: 8.0
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 18 Oct 1941
Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins.


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Samuel Spade - Humphrey Bogart
Brigid O'Shaughnessy - Mary Astor
Iva Archer - Gladys George
Joel Cairo - Peter Lorre
Lt. of Detectives Dundy - Barton MacLane
Effie Perine - Lee Patrick
Kasper Gutman - Sydney Greenstreet
Detective Tom Polhaus - Ward Bond
Miles Archer - Jerome Cowan
Wilmer Cook - Elisha Cook Jr.
Frank Richman - Murray Alper
Floyd Thursby - Jacob Dance
Reporter - Charles Drake
Bit Part - Chester Gan
Stenographer - Creighton Hale
Policeman - Robert Homans
Reporter - William Hopper
Captain Jacoby - Walter Huston
Reporter - Hank Mann
Announcer - Jack Mower
Ship's Mate - Emory Parnell