The Black Bird
The Black Bird (1975)

In this satirical sequel to The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade Jr. inherits his father's detective agency in a seedy section of San Francisco. The ubiquitous Maltese Falcon surfaces once again. This time, Spade's friends and foes include… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 25, 1975
DVD Release Date: September 28, 1994
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The general tenor of the film shows a sentimental empathy for the original material with no heartless put-downs marring the work. There are lots of smiles, many chuckles, and a few strong laughs.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Too bad it's not funny, just sentimental crap.

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Time Out

As a whole the movie fails to top the wry tone of Huston's classic or to produce a surprise denouement.

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While there are a few laughs to be had, this is hardly a worthy tribute to the original.

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Richard Eder
New York Times

The Black Bird is an enchanting half-hour spoof of Humphrey Bogart and The Maltese Falcon. Too bad it lasts over an hour and a half.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A pretty funny sequel/spoof of Maltese Falcon, which was an interesting idea, but I think we could have done without it. Overall, it's okay.