The Maltese falcon

United States, 1941

Film
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In this classic Humphrey Bogart film noir, John Huston sketches a dark, cynical world with painfully deep perception. Sam Spade, Dashiell Hammett’s archetypal private eye, is caught in the desperate search for the jewelled falcon of Malta. Spade’s pursuit of his partner’s killer leads him to a group of individuals who want the black bird: Brigid O’Shaughnessey (Mary Astor), the beautiful femme fatale, cowardly Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre) and pompously inflated Kasper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet) and as the falcon comes within their reach their intense greed is sharply etched. Huston also wrote the script.

Credits

production company

Warner Bros Pictures

producer

Henry Blanke

director
Duration

01:39:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1941

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

303870

Language

English

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Adaptations

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Detective and mystery films

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Film noir

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Literature → American literature - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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