The Black Bird

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Giler's first film, a parody-sequel to John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, has Segal as Bogie's inept son, Sam Spade Jr, bumbling about present-day San Francisco, harried by father's blowsy secretary (Lee Patrick, from the original) and pursued by Elisha Cook, three murderous Hawaiians, and a crazy dwarf. Giler's earnest screenplay scrupulously updates the Hammett novel: Audran plays the daughter of the late General Kemidov who, you may remember, was the last legitimate owner of the priceless black bird. However, despite a strong cast which pulls together several sharply written episodes, as a whole the movie fails to top the wry tone of Huston's classic or to produce a surprise denouement equal to the impact of Mary Astor's treachery.


Release details

98 mins

Cast and crew

David Giler
David Giler
George Segal
Stéphane Audran
Lionel Stander
Lee Patrick
Elisha Cook
Signe Hasso
John Abbott
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