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ONE NIGHT ONLY: 'THE MALTESE FALCON' Returns to Silver Screen
Posted Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 5:03 AM
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Director John Huston's "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) returns to the Silver Screen for one night only at Little Rock's Market Street Cinema tonight. Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Elisha Cook Jr. star.
Ranked No. 31 on AFI's list of the top 100 films of all time, and much more deserving of a higher rank than "Citizen Kane" (1941) and "The Graduate" (1967), "The Maltese Falcon" is one of those gems in the annals of cinematic history.
Detective Sam Spade (Bogart) finds himself trying to solve his partner's murder while unraveling the mystery behind a priceless statue -- the Maltese Falcon. A prize that leaves tragedy and murder in its wake.
Hired by the alluring but mysterious Brigid O'Shaughnessy (Astor), Spade finds himself trying to solve the murder, protect the girl, save his neck from a trio of thugs (Greenstreet, Lorre and Cook Jr.) and find the jewel-covered statuette responsible for all the calamity.
This is one of my top 10 favorite films of all time. I know "Double Indemnity" (1944) gets credit as the gold standard by which Film Noir motion pictures are measured, but "The Maltese Falcon" is the epitome of the genre with its darkness and ambiguous tone.
The film is almost a word-for-word copy of the original novel of the same name by author Dashiell Hammett. It is also the third attempt to bring the book to the Silver Screen and obviously the most successful.
Only three of the Maltese Falcon statuettes are known to still exist and they are worth approximately $1 million each. The statue on exhibit at the Warner Bros. movie museum is dented because Bogart dropped it on set during filming.
This was Peter Lorre's personal favorite movie of the numerous films he did in his illustrious career, and "The Maltese Falcon" is the screen debut of Sydney Greenstreet. Coincidentally, this was the first of 10 motion pictures Lorre and Greenstreet worked on together.
Director John Huston's father Walter makes a cameo appearance in the film, as Captain Jacoby. Huston and actress Mary Astor were also having an affair during the shooting of the film -- a movie that cost just under $700,000 to make.
Tickets are on sale now at Market Street Cinema. The film will begin at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, July 9). "The Maltese Falcon" is part of the KARN Classic Movie Series and tickets are only $5 a person.