The Maltese Falcon

The first film version of Hammett's The Maltese Falcon (retitled Dangerous Female for TV): if it's not quite the solid classic of the Huston version (1941), the two adaptations are still remarkably similar, and it's fun to watch the earlier cast run through the characterisations that Bogey, et al, have made so familiar. Cortez, for instance, is a slightly sleeker Sam Spade, Daniels not quite as viper-ish as Mary Astor, while Digges makes good as 'the fat man', even if he doesn't really have the waistline.

Release details

Duration: 80 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Screenwriter: Maude Fulton, Brown Holmes
Cast: Bebe Daniels
Ricardo Cortez
Dudley Digges
Una Merkel
Robert Elliott
Thelma Todd
Dwight Frye
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