Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. released The Maltese Falcon on October 18, 1941. John Huston directed the film which starred Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Gladys George.
‘The Maltese Falcon’ Movie Summary
Based on Dashiell Hammett‘s book of the same name, The Maltese Falcon begins in San Francisco, 1941. Ruth Wonderly arrives at the office of private investigators Sam Spade and Miles Archer. She claims her sister’s missing, and she needs help finding her because she’s involved with a man named Floyd Thursby. Archer calls dibs on the hottie, and helps Ruth track down her sister later that evening.
In the dead of night, an early morning phone call suddenly wakes Spade. The local police tell him someone shot and killed Archer. Spade heads over to the murder scene where Police Detective Tom Polhaus greets him. After a brief chat, Spade leaves to tell Archer’s wife the news.
As Spade arrives home, Polhaus and Lieutenant Dundy also arrive to question Spade about the murder. During their grilling, they let it slip that someone offed Floyd Thurdsby that evening too. Dundy not-so-subtly suggests that Spade killed Archer so he could have Archer’s wife all to himself. Spade angrily kicks the officers out of his apartment.Read the full summary
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