Sam Spade. Brigid O’Shaughnessy. Miles Archer. Joel Cairo. Kasper Gutman. Lieutenant Dundy and Detective Pullhouse. The “MacGuffin.” “The stuff that dreams are made of.”
The 75th anniversary revival screening of “The Maltese Falcon” (1941)
Fans of classic cinema and film noir are in for a real treat, as this year will mark the 75th anniversary of John Huston’s 1941 screen adaptation of “The Maltese Falcon.”
Turner Classic Movies, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Pictures and NCM Fathom Events will showcase the film in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast for one day only on Sunday, Feb. 21 and Wednesday, Feb. 24. “The Maltese Falcon” will be shown at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Eastern) on that day. A special pre-recorded introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will be shown before the film.
With an all-star cast, featuring Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond and Barton MacLane, John Huston’s film adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel is one of the definitive classics of the silver screen.
Earlier adaptations of Hammett’s novel for the silver screen
Before Huston’s landmark film was released, Warners made two film adaptations of Dashiell Hammett’s novel. The first screen adaptation of “The Maltese Falcon” was released as a pre-code feature in 1931, featuring Ricardo Cortez and Bebe Daniels.
Five years later, the studio produced a lesser-known light comedic adaptation with Bette Davis and Warren William, under the title of “Satan Met a Lady.”
A comedic version of “The Maltese Falcon”
In addition to the three motion picture adaptations of Hammett’s novel, a comedic spoof of “The Maltese Falcon” was produced by George Segal and Ray Stark in 1975, under the title of “The Black Bird.” Directed by David Giler, the film featured Segal (who also played the lead role of Sam Spade Jr.), Stéphane Audran, Lionel Stander, Elisha Cook Jr. and Vic Tayback.
Why you should watch “The Maltese Falcon” (1941)
If you’re going to see it on the big screen on Feb. 21 (or the upcoming TCM broadcast on Feb. 19), “The Maltese Falcon” is one of the definitive film noir classics. You will not be disappointed by 100 minutes of suspense and intrigue. Highly recommended!
Matinee Alert: “The Maltese Falcon” will not be shown in the Frederick area
SIDEBAR: Yet once again, the Frederick area will miss out on the revival screening of “The Maltese Falcon” (according to the NCM Fathom list of cinema venues from coast-to-coast that will be showing the film).
“The Maltese Falcon” (75th Anniversary Screening), presented by Turner Classic Movies, Warner Bros. and NCM Fathom Events
Sunday, Feb. 21 and Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern in select theaters from coast-to-coast
List of cinema venues that are showing “The Maltese Falcon” from coast-to-coast (via NCM Fathom Events)
“The Maltese Falcon” will be shown two days before the 75th anniversary screening on Turner Classic Movies, beginning on Friday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. Eastern.