The Maltese Falcon

1941

John Huston
Director
Warner Brothers
Studio

As close to perfection as any film will come, in terms of cast, performances, subtext, fidelity to the source material. . .nothing comes close, and nothing more really needs to said. Thank God this version didn't have a happy ending tacked on!

"It's the stuff dreams are made of. . ."

NOTE: In every published cast list, Charles Drake, WIlliam Hopper and Hank Mann are listed as playing reporters. Hank Mann can barely be seen as a reporter at the La Paloma fire, but the others are too indistinct to pick out. It appears that their scene was cut, and Spade instead gets the information from the mate. Thus, they are not shown in the cast list below. Additionally, Jack Mower is always listed as "announcer," but he is actually the clerk that accepts the Falcon from Spade in the bus terminal.

-Dave W.


The Maltese Falcon
18th October 1941
Cinema



100 mins
1.37:1

The Maltese Falcon
15th February 2000
DVD



100 mins
1.33:1




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Humphrey Bogart
Sam Spade
Mary Astor
Brigid O'Shaugnessy
Gladys George
Iva Archer
Peter Lorre
Joel Cairo
Barton MacLane
Detective Lieutenant Dundy
Lee Patrick
Effie Perine
Sydney Greenstreet
Kasper Gutman
Ward Bond
Detective Tom Polhaus
Jerome Cowan
Miles Archer
Elisha Cook Jr.
Wilmer Cook
James Burke
Luke
Murray Alper
Frank Richman
John Hamilton
District Attorney Bryan
Creighton Hale
Stenographer
(uncredited)
Robert Homans
Policeman
(uncredited)
Walter Huston
Captain Jacobi
(uncredited)
Emory Parnell
Mate of La Paloma
(uncredited)
Chester Gan
Bit Part
(uncredited)
Hank Mann
Reporter
(uncredited)
Jack Mower
Union Bus Terminal Clerk
(uncredited)
Unknown
Spectator at Archer's Death Scene
(uncredited)
Unknown
Spectator at Archer's Death Scene
(uncredited)
Unknown
Sign Painter
(uncredited)
Unknown
Wilmer's Cab Driver
(uncredited)
Unknown
Spade's Cab Driver
(uncredited)
Unknown
Hotel Belvedere Bellhop
(uncredited)
Unknown
Girl at Front Desk
(uncredited)
Unknown
Man with Luke at Front Desk
(uncredited)
Unknown
Heavyset Man at Front Desk
(uncredited)
Unknown
Hotel Belvedere Desk Clerk
(uncredited)
Unknown
Elevator Operator
(uncredited)
Unknown
Assistant D.A.
(uncredited)
Unknown
Sailor at La Paloma Fire
(uncredited)
Unknown
Fire Chief
(uncredited)
Unknown
Detective in Elevator
(uncredited)

Dave Wright: Screencaps & Notes