History FIlm / TheMalteseFalcon

27th Jan '18 12:48:01 AM darthpaul
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* KickTheDog: There's no good reason for Wilmer to [[spoiler:kick the unconscious Spade in the head after Gutman slips him a mickey- except that by then, Spade's made a fool of Wilmer and insulted him several times over.]]
27th Jan '18 12:43:37 AM darthpaul
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* KickTheDog: There's no good reason for Wilmer to [[spoiler:kick the unconscious Spade in the head after Gutman slips him a mickey- except that by then, Spade's made a fool of Wilmer and insulted him several times over.]]
15th Jan '18 2:26:44 AM jormis29
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''The Maltese Falcon'' is a 1941 Creator/WarnerBros film directed by Creator/JohnHuston and based on the [[Literature/TheMalteseFalcon novel of the same name]] by Creator/DashiellHammett. It stars Creator/HumphreyBogart as HardboiledDetective Sam Spade, Mary Astor as his FemmeFatale client, Sydney Greenstreet (in his film debut) as the sinister "fat man" Kasper Gutman, and Creator/PeterLorre and Elisha Cook, Jr. as Gutman's AmbiguouslyGay sidekicks. The story concerns a private detective's dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers who compete to obtain a fabulous jewel-encrusted statuette of a falcon.

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''The Maltese Falcon'' is a 1941 Creator/WarnerBros film directed by Creator/JohnHuston and based on the [[Literature/TheMalteseFalcon novel of the same name]] by Creator/DashiellHammett. It stars Creator/HumphreyBogart as HardboiledDetective Sam Spade, Mary Astor Creator/MaryAstor as his FemmeFatale client, Sydney Greenstreet (in his film debut) as the sinister "fat man" Kasper Gutman, and Creator/PeterLorre and Elisha Cook, Jr. as Gutman's AmbiguouslyGay sidekicks. The story concerns a private detective's dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers who compete to obtain a fabulous jewel-encrusted statuette of a falcon.
11th Jan '18 12:04:46 PM mlsmithca
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* IRejectYourReality: Gutman and Cairo would rather believe Kemidov is a MagnificentBastard than think that the Falcon is nothing more than a worthless dingus that they have spent their entire lives (and lots of money, and many dastardly acts) getting. The movie do leaves open whether or not this is the actual reality.

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* IRejectYourReality: Gutman and Cairo would rather believe Kemidov is a MagnificentBastard than think that the Falcon is nothing more than a worthless dingus that they have spent their entire lives (and lots of money, and many dastardly acts) getting. The movie do leaves open whether or not this is the actual reality.
10th Jan '18 6:38:32 PM AdelePotter
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* RiddleForTheAges: We never do find out what happened to the original falcon.

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* RiddleForTheAges: We never do find out what happened to the original falcon. falcon, or if it even existed in the first place.
4th Dec '17 6:33:50 PM WillBGood
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The film dodges UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode by only subtly implying the homosexuality of Wilmer and Cairo. Spade refers derogatorily to Wilmer as "the gunsel", both in the movie and in the book. "Gunsel" was Yiddish slang for a a male passive sexual partner, but not many people knew that. As the slang was all but forgotten, it was re-imagined as slang for a gunslinger or a gun-toting hitman.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The film dodges UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode by only subtly implying the homosexuality of Wilmer and Cairo. Spade refers derogatorily to Wilmer as "the gunsel", both in the movie and in the book. "Gunsel" was Yiddish slang for a a male passive sexual partner, but not many people knew that. As the slang was all but forgotten, it was re-imagined as slang for a gunslinger or a gun-toting hitman.[[note]]In Yiddish, the suffix ''-el'' is also a diminutive, so given Elisha Cook Jr.'s unprepossessing stature, it's easy to think Spade's calling him a "little gun".[[/note]]
26th Nov '17 1:45:21 PM nombretomado
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* PragmaticAdaptation: Spade does not strip Brigid to search for the missing bill, since this scene could not be filmed with TheHaysCode.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: Spade does not strip Brigid to search for the missing bill, since this scene could not be filmed with TheHaysCode.UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode.
6th Aug '17 10:00:28 AM WildeOscar
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Joel Cairo. It's rather less ambiguous in the original novel and in the pre-[[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode Hays Code]] film adaptation (in the 1941 version, you could tell he was gay because he wore white gloves and smelled of lavender, not to mention Hammett's references to Wilmer as the 'gunsel', which is ''not'' slang for a gun-toting criminal).

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Joel Cairo. It's rather less ambiguous in the original novel and in the pre-[[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode Hays Code]] film adaptation (in the 1941 version, you could tell he was gay because he wore white gloves and smelled of lavender, gardenia, not to mention Hammett's references to Wilmer as the 'gunsel', which is ''not'' slang for a gun-toting criminal).
19th Jun '17 4:50:52 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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''The Maltese Falcon'' has been named as one of the greatest films of all time by Creator/RogerEbert, and ''Entertainment Weekly'', and was cited by ''Panorama du Film Noir Américain'' as the first major work of FilmNoir. (Though today, movie historians generally consider the first noir to be ''Stranger on the Third Floor'', released one year earlier.) The film was Creator/JohnHuston's directorial debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards. It was actually the third version of Hammett's novel, having been made in 1931 as ''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1931}}'' and more loosely in 1936 as ''Satan Met a Lady''.

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''The Maltese Falcon'' has been named as one of the greatest films of all time by Creator/RogerEbert, and ''Entertainment Weekly'', and was cited by ''Panorama du Film Noir Américain'' as the first major work of FilmNoir. (Though today, movie historians generally consider the first noir to be ''Stranger on the Third Floor'', released one year earlier.) The film was Creator/JohnHuston's directorial debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards.UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s. It was actually the third version of Hammett's novel, having been made in 1931 as ''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1931}}'' and more loosely in 1936 as ''Satan Met a Lady''.
27th May '17 12:53:52 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* MacGuffin: The Falcon, which has little use in the story other than to be something valuable enough to drive the plot.

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* MacGuffin: {{MacGuffin}}: The Falcon, which has little use in the story other than to be something valuable enough to drive the plot.
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