Maltese Falcon, The (1941)

Rated N/R, Film-Noir, Mystery, 100 Minutes

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

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Reviewed on July 21, 2020 by Jon Kaye


This is classic film noir: short, pithy, fast dialogue, deception, great characters and wonderful actors. While Sydney Greenstreet was a famous stage actor in England, this is his first Hollywood movie and he makes the most of it. Peter Lorre does not disappoint and who doesn't love Elisha Cook, Jr., a staple of noir films.  I think Mary Astor is good but many think Geraldine Fitzgerald would have been better cast. In any event, turn it on, buckle up, and get ready to try to keep up with the dialogue and the plot.  Great movie.
Craft 94%
Artistry 92%
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What I Liked
  • Great script
  • Good cinematography
  • Wonderful characters played by great actors
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