The Maltese Falcon
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This first of three film adaptations of Dashiel Hammett's The Maltese Falcon plays at times like the road-company version of the more famous 1941 John Huston/Humphrey Bogart adaptation. Ricardo Cortez stars as a slick, rogueish edition of Sam Spade, using his office as a trysting place for his various amours. Bebe Daniels plays the Brigid O'Shaughnessy character, here rechristened Ruth Wonderly. Ruth hires Spade and his partner Miles Archer (Walter Long) to locate her missing sister. Archer is killed while on duty, confirming Spade's suspicion that Ruth's lost-sister story was… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dated grandpoppa of Bogart's classic is worth seeing to compare."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"There isn't a single aspect of this film that wasn't greatly improved in the 1941 version."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The original was a solid and enjoyable work."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Surprisingly racy pre-code first version of the Hammett novel."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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