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|The Maltese Falcon|
|Bogie & Mary Astor as Spade & Brigid O'Shaughnessy
||As the iconic Sam Spade, Bogie takes us deep into the heart of film noirism in The
Maltese Falcon. Directed and scripted by regular Bogart collaborator and director John Huston and based
on a novel by Dashiell Hammett. |
Cynical, opportunistic and cold, when Brigid O'Shaughnessy (played by Mary Astor) walks into his office seeking help to find her missing sister, Private Detective Sam Spade chooses to overlook the obvious lies she is telling him, and instead focuses on the money in her pockets... But there is much more lurking beneath the seemingly sweet and vulnerable (yet clearly dishonest) surface of Miss O'Shaughnessy than even the worldly Sam Spade can fathom, and when the corpses start lining up around him, and the police start looking at him, he finds himself in deep and dangerous waters.
The Maltese Falcon takes us on a journey through an underworld peopled
by a sordid variety of criminals, all driven by one dream, the immeasurable wealth of a mysterious bird.
Foremost amongst these shady characters are Bogart regulars Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet, both in deliciously
nasty roles up against Bogie's not so nice Sam Spade. But the most dangerous character in this sordid mystery is the beautiful
and highly untrustworthy Brigid O'Shaughnessy, who quickly gets under Sam Spade's skin and into his bed. But
is this black widow going to sting Spade with her poisinous fangs.....|
Other actors worthy of special note are Elisha Cook Jr. who is brilliant as the wannabe gangster Wilmer, Ward Bond as a good natured Detective and Barton MacLane as an antagonsitic Detective (both on Spade's case). Lee Patrick is great in the role of Spade's smart and loyal secretary and Gladys George is excellent as the "second woman" in Spade's life.
|Shot in Black & White.|
The Three-Disc Special Edition DVD set presents the film in it's Original Aspect Ratio of 1.33 to 1.
Extra Features include:
Audio commentary with biographer Eric Lax.
Warner Night At The Movies 1941:
- Sargeant York theatrical trailer
- Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt cartoon
- Meet John Doughboy cartoon
- The Gay Parisian musical short
- The Maltese Falcon theatrical trailer
Entire Film - The Maltese Falcon (Earlier 1931 version)
Entire Film - Satan Met A Lady (Another 1936 adaption of the original novel)
Satan Met A Lady theatrical trailer
The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird (31:55) - documentary
Becoming Attractions: The Trailers Of Humphrey Bogart (44:40) - documentary
Breakdowns Of 1941 (12:52) - blooper reel
Makeup Tests (1:15 / No Audio)
- 2/8/1943 Lux Radio Broadcast (57:36)
- 9/20/1943 Screen Guild Theater Broadcast (28:45)
- 7/3/1946 Academy Award Theater Broadcast (27:33)
|Note: The Three-Disc Special Edition of The Maltese Falcon can also be purchased as part of "Humphrey Bogart - The Signature Collection, Vol. 2", which also contains Across the Pacific, Action in the North Atlantic, All Through the Night and Passage to Marseille.|