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The Maltese Falcon
Year:
1941
Country:
USA
Genre:
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Film-Noir
IMDB rating:
8.2
Director:
John Huston
Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade
Mary Astor as Brigid O'Shaughnessy
Gladys George as Iva Archer
Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo
Barton MacLane as Det. Lt. Dundy
Lee Patrick as Effie Perine
Sydney Greenstreet as Kasper Gutman
Ward Bond as Det. Tom Polhaus
Jerome Cowan as Miles Archer
Elisha Cook Jr. as Wilmer Cook
James Burke as Luke
Murray Alper as Frank Richman
Storyline: 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 Wanderly, 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 Wanderly 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.
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Reviews
It's all right
I felt like I'd seen 'The Maltese Falcon' before, probably because as these things go it's pretty standard. A few dry quips, rapid fallings-in-love, double crosses, and characters pinging from hotel room to hotel room explaining the plot to each other while with every round of exposition it becomes less and less clear who did what to whom and why.

I mean, it's fine but nothing special. It's worth watching for Humphrey Bogart, who is, as always, a magnetic screen presence, not the greatest actor in the world but a proper Movie Star. The highlight of the film for me, however, is the performance of Sydney Greenstreet, with his entertaining line in affable menace and a squeaky giggle that really tickled me.

Solid stuff but nothing that really grabbed me.
2013-07-30
Exciting to say the least
This movie shows a classic detective at his best. This film became a classic for Warner Brothers and you can tell immediately why it became so famous. The dialog between the characters is snappy and intelligent and keeps you interested. There are even a couple fight scenes that are menacing and keep you on your toes. You get sucked into what you are watching and makes you want more. The acting in this movie is flawless and the actors have just the right expressions and deliver the lines perfectly to get their point across. Emotions are flying and it keeps you on your toes to find out who actually stole the priceless statuette. I recommend anyone seeing this who likes a good mystery.
2014-10-18
Analysis for The Maltese Falcon (1941)
This film is another great because of Humphrey Bogart. I realized that there was some good setups for the film. The only thing that I really disliked about the film is that there was a lot of mystery about the murder of Miles Archer. I didn't like it, because I am one person who really dislikes violence in movies. However, I liked almost everything else, including the quote, "In 1539, the Knight Templars of Malta paid tribute to Charles V on Spain by sending him a Golden Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels... but pirates seized the galley carrying this priceless token and the fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery today." In terms of its successes, it's going to remain in movie history as one of the best films made in the 1940's.
2014-03-26
Bird Breeds Greed
Ward Bond plays a cop in The Maltese Falcon. The actor with the most appearances in American Film Institute Top 100 movies (7 in all) is electric in this picture His charisma catches your eye and his final line "huh?" should've been on the AFI's list of Top 100 Quotes. Bond's performance is...

I'm just jerkin' your chain! Yeah, Ward Bond acts in the most AFI films and he does play a cop here, but Humphrey Bogart is the story. This was Bogie's big breakout (along with High Sierra that same year) and he lights it up. The man paid his dues for a while and played the heavy in 1930s films before they finally gave him the chance to be a leading man. Interesting that he often played shady "heroes"---including in The Maltese Falcon---rather than being straight-up nice-nice.

Bogie's Sam Spade sees his partner get killed and he gains (and then loses) a love interest all in what seems like a few days. He also comes one phony statue shy of being a rich man. They all want that bird. Crooks all. Each of the villains in this piece is memorable: Sydney Greenstreet (debutting as Kasper Gutman), Peter Lorre (slimy and fey), Elisha Cook (weird, as always) and Mary Astor (constantly on the verge of hysteria or passing out).

The last half-hour is tense, yet it's just 5 people waiting around in a room. Writer/director John Huston (in his own breakout) didn't change much from Dashiell Hammett's novel, making him a smart writer/director. Apparently, the AFI agreed. They had it at 23rd and then 31st on their 2 Top 100 lists. They're correct. This one is a honey. And Bogart is outstanding. He still had Casablanca and Treasure Of The Sierra Madre in his future, but his work in Falcon is...corny alert...the stuff that dreams are made of. And then Ward Bond follows with "huh?" See? Great follow-up line. Attaboy, Wardo!

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2013-11-27
A shaggy dog story with feathers and Humphrey Bogart
image1.jpeg A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous (?) liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. Caught on Late night Hungarian TV, February 2017. The Maltese Falcon, 1941, was the directing debut of John Huston and the career breakthrough role of Humphrey Bogart, then Himself 41. Until then Bogey had played a string of notorious criminals and unsavory bad guys in gangster pix and always got killed at the end. In Falcon he comes into his own as a the cynical cool cucumber on the right side of the law, or almost, that we we will remember him as forever after.

This particular film has some remarkable moments, some fine B/w photography, and some terrific characters; Besides Bogey, Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet (if anything, even cooler than Bogart) and the best mousy punk ever, Elisha Cook. Jr. but it is basically a B detective story that has been enormously overrated and praised to high heaven by reverse intello-critics who have even convinced a legion of critical camp followers that this is "one of the greatest movies of all time".

First of all, it is not the first "film noir" as some apologists have claimed nor is it by any stretch of the imagination the greatest movie of all time. It is not even a film noir by the usual standards of that genre nor is it a great script as others have claimed, It's a very muddled script that is carried along by some fabulous characters and whose numerous potholes are slicked over by some very smooth dialogue. The main figures are very well drawn but the story about a chase after a valuable stuffed bird is more of a red herring than a black bird of prey.

The major weak point of the picture, however, is the insipidness of the anti-heroine played by unsexy plain looking actress Mary Astor for whom hard boiled detective Sam Spade (Bogart ) is supposed to have the hots throughout and even slips her a few half hearted kisses at times, but then realizing she is an unscrupulous murderess has to turn her into the cops who have been bugging him all along. (Ward Bond was one of them).

For all its weaknesses and credibility gaps just watching Bogart evolve in this picture from a crass villain to a leading superstar in one easy lesson, and especially the finely crafted scenes between himself and Bulky silky middle aged actor Sidney Greenstreet (who should have gotten co-star billing) elevate this ordinary programmer to the realm of high entertainment. But let us not get carried away -- high entertainment is not the same as High Art. This is not the Greatest Story Ever Told on screen... Casablance, which followed the next year, again with Bogart, Lorre and Greenstreet, but a different director and this time with a much more attractive leading lady -- an actress by the name of Ingrid Bergman -- was a much better movie, and definitely in the realm of cinema art even though it too was originally intended to be mass entertainment. There comes a point where the distinction between extraordinary craftsmanship and artistry melts away. Director Michael Curtiz was such a perfect craftsman that that he became an artist without even trying. John Huston was a very good craftsman, but the craftsmanship always showed.

Aside from everything else what makes Maltese Falcon is the personalities of the main players. I didn't think it was an exceptionally good movie when I saw it as an uncritical kid eons ago. Decades later as a critical adult my original impression hasn't changed much. Two stars for the story. Four stars for the actors. Six Stars total -- and that's being kind of generous..
2017-02-06
A Potpourri of Vestiges Review: Humphrey Bogart makes his highly deserved tryst with super-stardom in John Huston's directorial debut
Seven decades have passed but the suspense and thrill of The Maltese Falcon still reign supreme. The movie, despite being in black & white, appears strikingly refreshing both to the eyes and the intellect. Primarily remembered as John Huston's directorial debut, the movie played a decisive role in giving Film-Noire its true identity as a genre. The Maltese Falcon also gave Humphrey Bogart his highly deserved super-stardom that had hitherto eluded him. Huston creates an environment of suspicion, doubt and uncertainty that is so convoluted that even Hitchcock would be proud of it. The movie has multiple layers of mystery and suspense that keeps the viewer engaged throughout.

Sam Spade is a private detective who runs an agency with his partner Miles Archer. An ostensibly naive lady, Miss Wanderly offers them a task to pursue a man, Floyd Thursby, who has allegedly run off with her younger sister. The over-simplicity of task arouses Spade's suspicion, but Wanderly's lucrative offer makes the duo overlook it initially. Miles is killed during the pursuit and the police inform Spade of the mishap. Spade only discreetly tells the police that Miles was after a man named Thursby without disclosing anything about Miss Wandely. The police soon find Thursby dead as well and suspect Spade for killing him in an act of revenge. Soon Miles Archer's widow shows up at Spade's office and insinuates of her romantic involvement with Spade, who shuns her away after she tries to incriminate him for the murder. The police come across an anonymous lead and begin suspecting Spade for killing his partner, Miles. The plot thickens with the entry a couple of obscure characters including Joel Cairo, who happens be an acquaintance of Miss Wanderly. He is in pursuit of a highly precious, antique, gold statuette of Maltese Falcon and offers Spade five grands to help him find it. A game of cat and mouse soon ensues, between the various stake holders, which becomes deadlier as the stakes are raised.

Humphrey Bogart perfectly fits into the shoes of Spade—a sleek and sharp sleuth—and makes it his own in a manner that only someone of his grit and caliber could. Bogart is in top form right from the inception to the finale, stealing the spotlight in almost every scene that is he is part of. Bogart could only demonstrate his prodigious talent and acting prowess in short bursts during his long "B movie" stint in which he was mostly type-casted as a gangster. The Maltese Falcon was Bogart's big break after years of anticipation and he didn't leave a single stone unturned to prove his mettle. Bogart shows his class and stamps his authority as a performer during the portrayal of Spade: he is ever so quick-witted thanks to his sublime articulacy and his prowess at repartee seems unparalleled; the inherent cynicism in Spade and the perspicacity with which he operates soon became Bogart's trademark and catapulted him to super-stardom. Many regard Bogart's performance in Casablanca as his absolute best, but I rate his portrayal of Spade second only to his supernal portrayal of Dobbs in The Treasure of Sierre Madre, where he took acting to hitherto unattainable and unforeseeable heights.

John Huston uses the Midas touch he had as a screenwriter to strike all the right cords in his directorial debut. Almost everyone in the supporting cast gives a memorable performance with special mention of Peter Lorre as the deceptive Joel Cairo, Sydney Greenstreet as the witty yet dangerous Kasper Gutman and Mary Astor as the scheming Brigid O' Shaughnessy. The taut plot of the movie, which is masterfully adapted from the novel of the same name by Huston himself, is well complemented by the impressively written dialogs that are delivered with an equal prowess. Amidst the everlasting suspense the movie has an obvious undertone of dark humor that adds great value to the movie. The cinematography undoubtedly features amongst the best works of the time.

The Maltese Falcon is not merely a Noire masterpiece but also a testament to the true spirit of cinema that has kept itself alive despite decades of relentless mutilation and sabotage in the name of commercial movie-making. Despite being devoid of modern-day gimmicks the movie is incredibly high on suspense and holds the viewer in a vice-like grip throughout its runtime. It's a real shame that movies like these are seldom made these days. The tone of the movie is such that it makes suspense thrillers of today appear like kids cartoon.

PS. The movie is an ode to Bogart, Huston and all those who made it a reality. It's suspense cinema at its absolute best with a completely different treatment to themes propagated by the likes of Hitchcock. It's a must for all the Bogart fans worldwide, and absolutely essential for all those who have a penchant for Film-Noire as a genre. 10/10

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2011-07-25
Quintessential Bogart
I'm a huge fan of this movie; loved it for many years. And it will always retain a huge place in my affections. Everything about it just clicks. Bogart, Astor, Greenstreet, Lorre etc. What a remarkable cast! I also own Dahshiell Hammett's novel, and Sam Spade is even darker in the book than he is on screen. This is still one of Bogart's finest showings, and will probably never be forgotten. Greenstreet became an overnight star thanks to his brilliant performance here, thoroughly deserved.

Director John Huston does a marvellous job of bringing the book to the screen, and I think this is the THIRD version of the story to be filmed! Who says all remakes are bad? This is one of those remakes that ensures the earlier versions are pretty much forgotten today.

The snappy dialogue is some of the best and most memorable ever put on screen, so I'm not going to repeat it here; but the film creates its own dark world full of shady characters always out to keep Spade from getting close to the truth. The film is so good you almost forget the murder of Spade's partner at the beginning that kicks off events.

A truly superb movie, that I can watch over and over again with renewed pleasure. In Noir stakes I esteem only The Big Sleep and Farewell My Lovely (aka Murder My Sweet) as highly. The Maltese Falcon is the sort of movie that makes you a film fan for life.
2016-11-18
the ultimate classic noir
Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) and Miles Archer run a private detective agency in San Francisco. The Maltese Falcon is a golden jewel encrusted statue that the Knight Templars of Malta sent to Charles V of Spain in 1539 that was stolen by pirates. Miss Wanderly comes in to hire Sam to help recover her missing sister for $200. She is to meet Floyd Thursby that night with Miles following her. However Miles is shot dead that night and so is Thursby. Sam had been having an affair with Miles' wife Iva (Gladys George) and is a suspect for everybody. Miss Wanderly is actually Brigid O'Shaughnessy (Mary Astor) and she tells Sam that Thursby was her partner coming from HongKong. She begs him for his help but he doesn't trust her. Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre), with gardenia scented calling cards, offers to pay $5000 for the Maltese Falcon but also held a gun on him. Sam gathers Brigid and Joel Cairo together. She reveals that the 'Fat Man' is around who turns out to be Kasper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet).

The crackling dialog comes fast and furious. It's a tough thing to get all at once. It's a great noir hard-boiled film. The character are hardnosed and classic. It's a complicated story with a lot of exposition to follow. That's its biggest weakness and its most enduring fascination. It's a story where everybody is a liar and nobody reveals the truth easily. Peter Lorre is absolutely devilishly creepy in his memorable role. He is part of what makes this a true classic.
2014-08-24
Slightly overrated
Bogart made his name as a private detective in this one, so the expectations were pretty much high prior to watching. Humprey's being classical Humprey, cool, old school macho trying to wiggle his way out an elaborate scheme revolving around the ancient artifact, but that's pretty much it. Rest of the cast, as the script itself will blend into a classical conspiracy/crime story of that era, with all the right moves and turns, but lacking any kind of innovation at all. „Maltese Falcon" is solid piece of movie history and a classical Bogart's role that made him what he is.
2017-03-16
Bogey at his best gives 'em the bird...
In the send-up THE CHEAP DETECTIVE, Peter Falk does a pretty good Humphrey Bogart- but nobody did Bogart like Bogart, and here he's at his very best. He delivers rapid-fire dialogue with a clipped precision and doles out punishment when necessary with two-fisted explosiveness. There's not a bad performance in the film, but my favorite (next to Bogart) has to be Peter Lorre as the sweet-scented Joel Cairo (an unusual performance, to say the least, for a film from this period). He takes it on the chin from pretty much everybody in the movie (the mere mention of Gutman causes him to go limp with fright), but forges ahead. THE MALTESE FALCON is one of those movies it's night impossible not to watch (as I did again just last night, when it turned up on Turner Classic Movies). One of the very best of the best.
2014-08-25
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