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In what is claimed to be the first film noir, Dashiell Hammett's story is brought to the screen with so many twists and turns as well as red herrings that you will have to view it several times to understand what is going on.
One thing that we know for sure is this: In the 1500's a bejeweled statue of a falcon was sent as tribute to King Charles of Spain by the Knights Templar of Malta as a tribute. It was stolen by pirates and has been missing ever since until this movie.
There are at least 3 sets of people looking for this fortune in San Francisco.
Mrs. Brigid O'Shaunessy (Mary Astor), who says that she saw the falcon in Hong Kong, when it was shipped to San Francisco by her boss, Mr. Thursby. He is mysteriously murdered as well as Captain Jacoby of the La Paloma ship, which was burned down in the harbor.
Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre) was originally part of Mrs. O'Shaunnessy's team but greedily broke away so that he could have it all. He certainly looks the sinister part, and his accent is mesmerizing.
Kaspar Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet) was the real instigator of trouble as he has mercilessly searched the globe with his hitman Wilmar Cook to procure the falcon. He lost sight of it in Hong Kong but was on the trail again in San Francisco.
Sorting all of this out is Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), Hammett's famous fictional private detective. In the middle of all this he falls in love with Mrs. O'Shaunessy even though she is a confessed liar and is guilty of murder and greed as well. And then he turns her in to the police for one of the murders.
This is a true mess of a movie but was an instant hit and still is. The one thing that bothers me is how could Sam Spade claim that he loves a woman who is a known liar and murderer. He tells her that he will wait the 20 years for her to go to prison for murder unless she hits the gallows.
This movie was nominated for 3 Academy Awards in 1941: Best Picture, Sydney Greenstreet for Best Supporting Actor, and John Huston for Best Screenplay. It won none.
The last line of the movie sums it up. "This is the stuff that dreams are made of."
PLOT: DETECTIVE SAM SPADE (BOGART) TRACKS DOWN A LEGENDARY JEWEL COVERED FALCON classic excellent stands up over time~
HAMMITTS BEST~ SAM SPADE PLAYED BY BOGART~ SPADE AND HIS PARTNER MILES ARE HIRED TO FIND a missing sister~ by Mary Astor~ soon Miles is dead and Mary Astor is really looking for a Falcon~ ADD Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre as Cairo also looking for the bird~ the Bird is the jewel covered Maltese Falcon rumored covered with fabulous jewels~ so the BIRD hunt is on~ add a DEAD partner, a great MYSTERY on who you cannot trust, clever plot~ excellent banter between Bogart, Astor, and Lorre~ Walter Huston wrote and directed this GEM based on the Hammitt characters and novel~ I GIVE IT A SOLID 20 OUT OF 20 FOR NOIR EXCELLENTS~ moves along nicely~ GREAT cast and great fun twist ending~ GIVE ME THAT BIRD WILL YOU?
IF YOU FOUND THIS REVIEW HELPFULL PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE~
This classic Warner Brothers film is in a 3-disc format that at least attempts to pay adequate homage to one of the greatest film noir classics of all times. Humphrey Bogart stars as Dashiell Hammett's private eye Sam Spade, with a stirling cast which includes Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet, and Mary Astor. This 1941 film was director John Huston's debut and is considered the role that made Bogart a major star. This deluxe 178 minute format includes earlier versions of the film, documentary features, and other goodies that will please the true film buff. This one should be on your Hollywood short list of greats.
Simply put, this is a must have movie for fans of classic cinema. Humphry Bogart in his first starring role and director John Huston's directoral debut. I can only think of one Huston film that equils this one ant it's "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" also starring Bogart. Excellent suporting preformances by Sidney Greenstreet as the sleezy "Fat Man" willing to go to any length to get the BLACK BIRD, Peter Lorre as his greedy partner in crime and Elisha Cook jr. as the Fat Man's two-bit gunsel. And let's not forget Mary Astor as the lusicous femfatal. What's not to enjoy. Buy it, watch it, watch it again, put it in your library and watch it frequently. You wont tire of this Hollywood classic.
Marty C. Jan 7th 2011
John Huston's first outing as a director interpreting on of the best modern detective writer's novel (Dashill Hammet)and the first pairing of Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorie. If you are a fan of Film Noir, this is it at it's best. I also feel that this is Mary Astor's best movie role. Sam Spade is the perfect vehicle for Humphrey Bogart. I can watch this movie over and over, it never gets old. It's the stuff dreams are made of sweetheart.