The Maltese Falcon


Time Out says

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.

By: TJ


Release details

80 mins

Cast and crew

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