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TCM 31 Days of Oscar – The Maltese Falcon

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. I’ll be focusing on the movies I haven’t watched yet, with maybe just a few movies I’ve already seen.

Here is my 19th day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

8 out of 10 Stars

1941 Drama, Mystery/ Crime film. Based on the novel of the same title by Dashiell Hammett. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Gladys George and Barton MacLane.

The 360° Game: starts off with Meet Me in St. Louis starring Mary Astor, and she was in The Maltese Falcon with Barton MacLane who was in the next film, The Spanish Main.

And the Oscar did not go to… three nominations at the 14th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Sydney Greenstreet for Best Supporting Actor, and John Huston for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Short Synopsis: Private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) encounters sundry characters (Mary Astor, Peter Lorre), all seeking a coveted statuette.

The Maltese Falcon

A note before I start watching this. And why I chose this movie… On February 21st and 24th TCM channel and Fathom Events will be hosting this movie in over 500 Big Screens.

My Thoughts: This was a good film noir mystery. Humphrey’s character seemed to never get into any trouble or if he was in danger, he was quickly able to be free from that, compared to his partner who was killed within the first few scenes of the film. As for the other actors, they were good but not as dominant as Humphrey was on the screen.

The Play by Play Thoughts

0:00 The Falcon. Along with the opening credits and mysterious music, all fitting for this Film Noir.

The Maltese Falcon

0:01 The History of the Falcon. An description to tell us just how valuable this Falcon statuette is.

The Maltese Falcon

And then it’s of to San Francisco to see Sam Spade hard at work, doing nothing.

“Spade has no original. He is a dream man in the sense that he is what most of the private detectives I worked with would like to have been, and, in their cockier moments, thought they approached.”
Dashiell Hammett in his introduction of his book.

“Miss Wonderly” may be a customer but Sam will apparently will want to see her anyway because she’s a knockout. She’s from NY and looking for her sister, Corrine. And Miles Archer, Sam’s partner. He’s taken a quick liking to “Miss Wonderly.”

0:06 Bush St. If Miles had brains then how’d he get killed? As for “Miss. Wonderly,” she’s checked out of her hotel of course.

The Maltese Falcon

0:13 Thursby’s dead too. And “Miss Wonderly” called. Looks like she’s got a confession to make at her apartment. Her real name is Brigid O’Shaughnessy and apparently she and Thursby were partners on some deal, but he turned on her.

The Maltese Falcon

0:24 Mr. Cairo. Looks like a bad guy. And his business cards smells like Gardenias. Hmm this guy is a bad guy, trying stick Sam up with a small pistol.

0:29 Cloak and Daggers. And next, Sam is followed by what looks to be a bad guy. He’s probably seeing if Sam knows where this mysterious black bird statuette. Maybe Miss O’Shaughnessy will have some answers. To get answers he takes Brigid to his place to meet Joel Cairo. Poor widow Iva Archer who was waiting at his place for him.

The Maltese Falcon

0:36 “The Fat Man.” And the Falcon. These are the reasons why Brigid is afraid right now and willing to sell the Falcon to Joel Cairo. But yet for a woman who was wants help she sure can take care of things on her own sometimes.

The Maltese Falcon

0:48 Mr. Gutman. It looks like everyone that’s searching for the Falcon is lying to Sam about what it is, let alone who they are. Maybe Mr. Gutman will tell Sam what it is. Well, maybe a second time talking with him. Actually, it looks like Sam’s just going to have to snoop through the Fat Man’s hotel.

1:07 “You know. Falcon.” Captain Jacobi the Master of the La Paloma. And now a third man is dead. And they all end up coming back to Sam. In this death it’s quite literally.

1:28 “Now, after 17 years…” And just like that Sam hands over the Falcon. Luckily money was transferred so that Sam could say he was bribed or something.


1:35 “If they hang you, I’ll always remember you.” And this is Sam’s way of saying”Here’s looking at you kid.”

The Maltese Falcon

1:40 The End. A good ending because now I know who killed Miles Archer and Sam did let his love for Brigid cloud his mind for justice.


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