The Maltese Falcon (Special Edition) (3-DVD)
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Format: DVD (3 Discs)
sku: XRI 7601D
- Number of Discs: 3
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 4 hours, 12 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: October 3, 2006
- Originally Released: 1941
- Label: Warner Home Video
- 3-Disc Set
- Special Edition
Disc 1: THE MALTESE FALCON
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Eric Lax - Bogart Biographer
- Oscar Nominated Technicolor Music Short - The Gay Parisian
- Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt
- Meet John Doughboy
- The Maltese Falcon
- Seargent York (1941)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Humphrey Bogart & Mary Astor|
|Performer:||Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Elisha Cook, Jr., Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick, Jerome Cowan, James Burke, Murray Alper, John Hamilton, Emory Parnell, Robert Homans, Creighton Hale, Charles Drake, William Hopper, Hank Mann & Jack Mower|
|Directed by||John Huston|
|Edited by||Thomas Richards|
|Screenwriting by||John Huston|
|Composition by||Adolph Deutsch|
|Story by||Dashiell Hammett|
|Produced by||Henry Blanke|
|Director of Photography:||Arthur Edeson|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it!"
- Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) to Cairo (Peter Lorre)
"Don't be too sure I'm as crooked as I'm supposed to be."
- Spade to Brigid O'Shaugnessy (Mary Astor)
"The stuff that dreams are made of."
Frighteningly good evidence that the British (Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, et al.) have no monopoly on the technique of making mystery films. Full Review
This is one of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form. Full Review
4 stars out of 5 -- [The film] remains enjoyable for its razor-sharp dialogue....A great example of vintage studio alchemy.
...FALCON is the archetypal American detective yarn...
The Maltese Falcon is the first crime melodrama with finish, speed and bang to come along in what seems ages. Full Review
The New Republic
On a number of accounts it is distinguished celluloid entertainment, but it is of great interest to the trade because it reveals, in startling terms, the unheralded talent of topflight scenarist, John Huston. Full Review
There is a spareness of style here that puts many of today's bloated thrillers to shame.
Sight and Sound
Hard-drinking private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) sleuths the backyard of San Francisco in search of an elusive black bird statuette while evading the setups of three disparate miscreants: the duplicitous Brigid, the perfumed Mr. Cairo, and the scheming Fat Man. John Huston's brilliant directorial debut is aided by first-rate performances, excellent camera work, as well as the director's acute attention to detail while shooting the film. Based on the crime novel by Dashiell Hammett. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sydney Greenstreet), and Best Screenplay. Previous versions of the story were filmed in 1931 (a.k.a. DANGEROUS FEMALE) and in 1936 (as SATAN MET A LADY, starring Bette Davis), and poorly redone in 1975 (THE BLACK BIRD).
Action | Detectives | Classic | Mystery | Thriller | Betrayal | Film Noir | Recommended | Essential Cinema
- THE MALTESE FALCON was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.
- Dashiell Hammett's novel was first adapted for the screen in 1931. Known alternately as "The Maltese Falcon" and "Dangerous Female," this version was directed by Roy del Ruth and starred Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Robert Elliott, Thelma Todd, Una Merkel, and Dwight Frye.
In 1936, a second adaptation appeared. The William Dieterle film, "Satan Met a Lady," featured Bette Davis, Warren William, Alison Skipworth, and Arthur Treacher.
After years of screenwriting, John Huston made his directorial debut with "Falcon." His father, actor Walter Huston, has a cameo in the film.
- Sydney Greenstreet made his sound-film debut with "Falcon." He was previously a member of the Lunt-Fontaine theater troupe.
- Mary Astor and Humphrey Bogart were cited by the National Board of Review for their acting achievement in "The Maltese Falcon."
- A colorized version of the film is also available.
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