A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their sweaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon. Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) wants to find out why - and who's gonna take the fall. This third screen version of Dashiell Hammett's novel is a film of firsts: John Huston's directorial debut, rotund 62-year-old Sydney Greenstreet's screen debut, film history's first film noir and Bogart's breakthrough role after years as a Warner contract player. When George Raft refused to work with a first-time director, Bogart took on the role of Spade - and launched the most acclaimed period of his career. An all-star cast (including Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr.) join Bogart in this crisply written sizzler that placed in the top quarter of the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest American Films list. Many say it's the best detective drama ever. Each time you see it, you'll find it hard to disagree.
Includes the original 'The Maltese Falcon' (1931) - Directed by Roy Del Ruth
'Satan Met a Lady' (1936) (another version of the same story)- Directed by Willliam Dieterle and starring Bette Davis
New digital transfer of 1941 'Maltese Falcon' from restored elements
Commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax
Warner Night at the Movies 1941 Short Subjects Gallery
Theatrical Trailers New Documentary "The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird"
The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart
Breakdowns of 1941: Studio Blooper Reel
Audio-only bonus: 3 radio show adaptations including a version starring Edward G. Robinson
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