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The Maltese Falcon (1941) was a Crime - Film Noir Film directed by John Huston and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke.

The film was based on the novel of the same name and also Black Mask Magazine Serial written by Dashiell Hammett published in 1930 (novel); year n/a (magazine).

The Maltese Falcon was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.

Academy Awards 1941 --- Ceremony Number 14 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorSydney GreenstreetNominated
Best PictureWarner Bros.Nominated
Best WritingJohn HustonNominated
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The Maltese Falcon (1931, Roy Del Ruth)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Mar 28, 2019 From The Stop Button

Not to be too obvious, but I really wasn?t expecting a twist ending for The Maltese Falcon. But only because I?ve? read the book, seen the 1941 version, seen spoofs of it; I sort of figured I?d be able to guess the plot turns. And I did, right up until the end, when Falcon shows its been doing an en... Read full article


Review: The Maltese Falcon (1941)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 2, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Dashiell Hammet’s “blonde satan” Sam Spade is an icon of not only 20th-century literature?but also 20th-century cinema, thanks in part to Humphrey ?Bogart and John Huston.?He’s the cynical, hard-nosed, unsentimental P.I. whose general unpredictability sometimes leads to angry... Read full article


Review: The Maltese Falcon (1941)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 2, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Dashiell Hammet’s “blonde satan” Sam Spade is an icon of not only 20th-century literature?but also 20th-century cinema, thanks in part to Humphrey ?Bogart and John Huston.?He’s the cynical, hard-nosed, unsentimental P.I. whose general unpredictability sometimes leads to angry... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: The Maltese Falcon

By Amanda Garrett on May 9, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

The Maltese Falcon (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered g... Read full article


Chicago Film Club field trip: “The Maltese Falcon” February 21 at ShowPlace ICON at Roosevelt Road

By Stephen Reginald on Jan 26, 2016 From Classic Movie Man

Chicago Film Club field trip: “The Maltese Falcon” February 21 at ShowPlace ICON at Roosevelt Road Where: ShowPlace ICON, 150W Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60605 When: February 21, 2015 Time: 2:00 p.m. Hosted by Stephen Reginald Run Time: 2 hours (approximate) Ticketing: Tickets a... Read full article


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Quotes from

Bryan: Who killed Thursby?
Sam Spade: I don't know.
Bryan: Perhaps you don't, but you could make an excellent guess.
Sam Spade: My guess might be excellent or it might be crummy, but Mrs. Spade didn't raise any children dippy enough to make guesses in front of a district attorney, and an assistant district attorney and a stenographer.
Bryan: Why shouldn't you, if you have nothing to conceal?
Sam Spade: Everybody has something to conceal.


Kasper Gutman: The best goodbyes are short. Adieu.


Kasper Gutman: These are facts, historical facts, not schoolbook history, not Mr. Wells' history, but history nevertheless.


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For decades, this film could not be legally shown on US TV because of its underlying sexual suggestion.
There were several 11-1/2" tall falcon props made for use in the film. Some were cast of plastic resin, some of lead. Only two 45 lb. lead falcons and two 5 lb., 5.4 oz resin falcons are verified to be in existence today. One lead Falcon has been displayed for years at various venues. The second, which was marred at the end of the movie by Sydney Greenstreet, was a gift to William Conrad by studio chief Jack L. Warner. It was auctioned in December 1994, nine months after Conrad's death for $398,500 to Ronald Winston of Harry Winston, Inc. At that time, it was the highest price paid for a movie prop ever sold for. It was used to model a 10 lb. gold replica displayed at the 69th Academy Awards. The replica has Burmese ruby eyes, interchangeable claws (one set of gold, one set of coral) and holds a platinum chain in its beak with a 42.98 flawless diamond at the end. It's valued at over $8 million. The lead and resin falcons are valued in excess of $2 million - coincidentally the value placed on the "real" Maltese Falcon by Kasper Gutman, Greenstreet's character in the 1941 classic movie.
Sydney Greenstreet was cast whenever the production had difficulty finding an actor large enough.
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