Watched John Huston's 1941 Film "The Maltese Falcon"

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"In 1539 the Knight Templars of Malta, paid tribute to Charles V of Spain, by sending him a Golden Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels——but pirates seized the galley carrying this priceless token and the fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery to this day——"

The Maltese Falcon is a crime drama about a private detective who unravels a mystery involving three shady characters all searching for a priceless jewel-encrusted artifact. It's considered the first film noir movie and is #31 on the AFI 100.

The protagonist of the story is a private detective named Sam Spade, played by
Humphrey Bogart.
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Sam accepts a job from a woman to follow a man she claims ran away with her sister. Spade's partner Archer agrees to tail him.
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Mary Astor plays their prospective client, Ruth Wonderly, whose job spirals into a multiple homicide and a huge mystery involving a valuable artifact.
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A man named Joel Cairo, played by
Peter Lorre, confronts Sam and offers him a large sum for a black figure of a bird.
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The other major player in the story is Kasper Gutman, played by
Sydney Greenstreet, a very wealthy man, who has made acquiring the Falcon his mission in life.
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This is a great film. As a crime drama, you'd think it would have more action in it, but instead the film is pushed forward through its wonderful dialogue. The story unravels when the characters are talking to each other, but it's done in such a good way that it feels dramatic when you're watching it. I really enjoyed this movie. If you haven't seen it, check it out.

Related Item:
The Maltese Falcon [Blu-ray]

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