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The Maltese Falcon [Special Edition] [3 Discs] [DVD]
  • SKU: 8000138
  • Release Date: 10/03/2006
  • Rating: NR
  • 5.0 (1)
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Special Features

  • Disc 1
  • New Digital transfer of 1941
  • Movie from restored elements
  • Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax
  • Warner Night at the Movies 1947 Short subjects gallery
  • Discs 2 and 3
  • 2 Previous movie versions of the Classic Hammett Caper
  • New Documentary
  • Robert Osborne hosts Becoming Attractions: The trailers of Humphrey Bogart
  • Breakdowns of 1941: Studio blooper ree
  • Makeup tests
  • Audio-Only bonyus

Synopsis

The Maltese Falcon
After two previous film versions of Dashiell Hammett's detective classic The Maltese Falcon, Warner Bros. finally got it right in 1941--or, rather, John Huston, a long-established screenwriter making his directorial debut, got it right, simply by adhering as closely as possible to the original. Taking over from a recalcitrant George Raft, Humphrey Bogart achieved true stardom as Sam Spade, a hard-boiled San Francisco private eye who can be as unscrupulous as the next guy but also adheres to his own personal code of honor. Into the offices of the Spade & Archer detective agency sweeps a Miss Wonderly (Mary Astor), who offers a large retainer to Sam and his partner Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan) if they'll protect her from someone named Floyd Thursby. The detectives believe neither Miss Wonderly nor her story, but they believe her money. Since Archer saw her first, he takes the case -- and later that evening he is shot to death, as is the mysterious Thursby. Miss Wonderly's real name turns out to be Brigid O'Shaughnessey, and, as the story continues, Sam is also introduced to the effeminate Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre) and the fat, erudite Kasper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet, in his film debut). It turns out that Brigid, Cairo and Gutman are all international scoundrels, all involved in the search for a foot-high, jewel-encrusted statuette in the shape of a falcon. Though both Cairo and Gutman offer Spade small fortunes to find the "black bird," they are obviously willing to commit mayhem and murder towards that goal: Gutman, for example, drugs Spade and allows his "gunsel" Wilmer (Elisha Cook Jr.) to kick and beat the unconscious detective. This classic film noir detective yarn gets better with each viewing, which is more than can be said for the first two Maltese Falcons and the ill-advised 1975 "sequel" The Black Bird. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Satan Met a Lady
While John Huston's screen adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon is widely regarded as a screen classic, it wasn't the first time Hammett's novel had been brought to the screen, and this comedy drama offers a decidedly different spin on the same story. Detective Ted Shayne (Warren William) is hired by a woman named Valerie Purvis (Bette Davis) to find a woman named Mme. Barrabas (Alison Skipworth). Valerie, however, won't tell Ted what she wants from her, and as he tries to track down Barrabas, Barrabas' people come to him in search of Valerie. When Ted and Barrabas finally meet, she claims Valerie has a valuable piece of her property -- a jewel-encrusted ram's horn -- and she'll gladly pay Ted to return it to her. Certain Valerie hasn't been on the level with him, Ted asks his partner to trail her, but when Valerie discovers she's being watched, she kills the second detective. Unaware that she's killed Ted's partner, Valerie asks that Ted pick up a package for her from a ship arriving from Asia the next day, which Ted realizes is the precious horn that has caused all the trouble. Satan Met a Lady was actually the second feature film based on The Maltese Falcon; the first, also called The Maltese Falcon, was released in 1931. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

The Gay Parisian
The Gay Parisian constitutes one of two colorful musical shorts (alongside Spanish Fiesta) helmed by the legendary Jean Negulesco during the early '40s, as part of the Warners "Technicolor Special" series. This film, like its sister work, centers around a performance of one of Offenbach's works by Léonide Massine's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. As such, Parisian represents one of the first Hollywood studio films to exclusively concern itself with a ballet performance. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt
Meet John Doughboy
In this dated but amusing pre-WW2 cartoon, newly drafted Porky Pig narrates a newsreel (replete with an RKO-Radio about America's defense efforts. In preparation against enemy attacks, Uncle Sam has sanctioned the building of tanks and planes, while the Army has stepped up its war games and training maneuvers. Some surprisingly potent political propaganda (from both the Left and the Right) is interwoven with typically hilarious Warner Bros. cartoon sight gags and verbal humor. Jack Benny, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, the emperor Napoleon and even Citizen Kane ("Sugar" Kane, that is) make cameo appearances. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Humphrey Bogart
    Humphrey Bogart - Sam Spade
  • Mary Astor
    Mary Astor - Brigid O'Shaughnessy
  • Peter Lorre
    Peter Lorre - Joel Cairo
  • Sydney Greenstreet
    Sydney Greenstreet - Kasper Gutman the Fat Man
  • Ward Bond
    Ward Bond - Detective Tom Polhaus

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