The Maltese Falcon (1941 film)
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The Maltese Falcon is a 1941 American film noir written and directed by John Huston in his directorial debut, based on the 1930 novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett and indebted to the 1931 movie of the same name. It stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade and Mary Astor as his femme fatale client. Gladys George, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet co-star, with the last appearing in his film debut. The story follows a San Francisco private detective and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette.
|The Maltese Falcon|
|Directed by||John Huston|
|Screenplay by||John Huston|
|Based on||The Maltese Falcon|
by Dashiell Hammett
|Cinematography||Arthur Edeson[N 1]|
|Edited by||Thomas Richards|
|Music by||Adolph Deutsch|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Box office||$1.8 million|
The film premiered in New York City on October 3, 1941, and was nominated for three Academy Awards. Considered one of the greatest films of all time, it was one of the first 25 films selected by the Library of Congress to be included in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It is a part of Roger Ebert's series The Great Movies and was cited by Panorama du Film Noir Américain as the first major film noir.