The Maltese Falcon

Maltese Falcon (1931)
  • 1931
  • US
  • 1h 20min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
  • Cast: Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Una Merkel
  • UK release: 28 May 1931

The first film adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel. Ruth Wonderly, a.k.a. Brigid O'Shaughnessy, hires detective Spade and his associate Miles Archer in order to locate her sister who has allegedly run off with a man called Floyd Thursby. However, Archer is killed whilst tailing Thursby and Spade turns his attention to a precious enamel statue - which happens to be the object that Ruth and her associates are also after.

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