The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon (1931)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 13, 1931
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Steve Crum

Dated grandpoppa of Bogart's classic is worth seeing to compare.

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

There isn't a single aspect of this film that wasn't greatly improved in the 1941 version.

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Dennis Schwartz
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The original was a solid and enjoyable work.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Surprisingly racy pre-code first version of the Hammett novel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Better than "Satan Met a Lady" but not in the same league as the 1941 remake.
Byron Brubaker
Very faithful pre-code adaptation of Hammett's novel. The femme fatale, marvelously played by Bebe Daniels, sticks with the name Ruth Wonderly, rather than… More
Buddy A
The first film adaptation of Hammett's novel, but certainly not the best. As an early "talkie," this film had practically no atmosphere, and Sam… More