The Maltese Falcon(1941)

The Maltese Falcon Movie Poster

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Released: October 18th, 1941

Genre: Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

Director: John Huston

Writers: John Huston (Screenplay) Dashiell Hammett (Novel)

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre

Opening Thoughts:

I love a lot of classic films, but some are certainly problematic with their treatment of people of color, women, and anyone on the LGBTQ spectrum. However, other films find a way to transcend these issues and become great. Often, I won’t write about the classic films I watch because sadly a lot of hate groups actively seek them out. However, The Maltese Falcon is one of those films I love so much, I risk that possibility. (Also, The Maltese Falcon isn’t nearly as problematic as other films that these groups seek out.)

Plot:

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with eccentric characters and their quest for a “priceless” statuette of a falcon.

Dislikes:

This movie is an absolute gem and I really don’t have anything bad to say about it. I really love it.

Likes:

Humphrey Bogart is phenomenal in this role. He has already impressed me in previous films, but this was that extra level. He brings this character to life in such a convincing fashion.

Bogart may be the star of the film, but the rest of the cast delivers wonderful performances. Most notably with Peter Lorre

The story it is pretty simple, but very effective. It remains engaging from start to finish with barely a moment wasted.

Closing Thoughts:

The Maltese Falcon remains a very good movie from the early 1940s. Humphrey Bogart is an absolute legend in this movie and the rest of the cast don’t slouch. It is a well-crafted and compelling movie that remains among my favorites of the 1940s.

Humphrey Bogart Ladder (1930s-1942)

Casablanca (1942)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

For a look at all the Bogart movies I’ve rated so far, check out my letterboxd!

https://letterboxd.com/drewsoph/list/humphrey-bogart-favorites/

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