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The Maltese Falcon (1941) (PG)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 1h 40m

An expert adaptation and a star-making turn from Humphrey Bogart.

John Huston’s directorial debut - this year celebrating its 80th anniversary - turned Bogart into a major star. Adapted from Dashiell Hammett’s novel about a San Francisco detective’s investigations into the murder of his business partner, Huston’s snappily witty script retains the plot’s labyrinthine complexity while revelling in colourful characterisations of the villains Sam Spade encounters during his quest.

Inspired casting includes Peter Lorre as volatile Joel Cairo, Sydney Greenstreet as menacingly amiable Kasper Gutman, and Elisha Cook Jr. as his gunman. But it’s the fraught, febrile relationship between Bogart’s Spade and Mary Astor’s femme fatale – who persuaded his partner to take on her case – that shapes the deep, dark core of desire, doubt and duplicity pervading the film from beginning to memorable end.