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The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 dark novel Vs the 1941 Bogart film noir classic

This episode is the stuff that dreams are made of with the Margos talking about The Maltese Falcon which was written by Dashiell Hammett originally in five parts in Black Mask magazine in 1929 and later became the first film directed by John Huston and starring a 42-year old Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade. 

The story begins with private detective Sam Spade who along with his partner Miles Archer metts the lovely “Miss Wonderly” who hires them to find out is her sister has run off with a gentleman named Floyd Thursby. Archer and Thursby are soon killed and Sam is the suspect. 

In this intriguing tale, we also meet Effie Perrine, Joel Cairo, and Casper Gutman and learn about a Maltese Falcon that jewels from the King of Spain who was captured by pirates. It was coated in black enamel to hide its value. 

But who is lying and who is on the side of truth? The peppy mystery and old-timey San Francisco setting keep the audience guessing until the end. This is a fun ride with a super-exciting film to match. 

So between the book and the movie–which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The interesting life of Dashiell Hammett
    • The definition of film noir and why it applies here 
    • The biggest differences between the book and movie 
    • Our favorite scenes from the movie

Clips Featured:

    • The Maltese Falcon trailer
    • “The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of…” (Sam Spade & Detective Polhaus)
    • Sam Spade gets his confession from Brigid O’Shaughnessy
    • Sam Spade finds out who “Miss Wonderly” really is and he is skeptical
    • Sam Spade offers Joel Cairo as the fall guy 
    • Sam Spade meets Joel Cairo

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