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Referenced By / The Maltese Falcon

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References to the book, and more commonly the film adaptations thereof produced in 1931 and 1941.

  • An Australian radio add for Spillane's nightclub had the private eye meeting the Fat Man there because he wanted to talk about a Maltese Falcon. "I suggested he try an ethnic car dealer."



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  • Castle: In "The Blue Butterfly", besides the general Noir style, Castle makes an explicit reference at the end, calling the titular Blue Butterfly "the stuff that dreams are made of". This also references the fact that the butterfly is a fake.
  • Sherlock: At one point in "A Scandal in Belgravia", John Sherlock and Irene are in 221B, and Sherlock says that he put her phone into a safe-deposit box. John's suggestion that "Molly can get it, and then have one of your homeless network members bring it here" is reminiscent of the final act of The Maltese Falcon, when Sam Spade leaves the titular artifact in a safe-deposit box, mails the ticket to another box, and then calls his secretary to get first one then the other, and bring it to his office, where he and the other principal characters are waiting. And then Sherlock immediately subverts the whole situation by pulling the phone out of his pocket.


  • The Adventures Of Sam Spade was a radio serial in the mid-to-late 1940s, taking place after the movie.

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Alternative Title(s): The Maltese Falcon 1941, The Maltese Falcon 1931