The Maltese Falcon Word Briefcase -TV ALERT!

Tonight, Dashiell Hammett comes to mind. picking up my 1965 copy of , The Novels Of Dashiell Hammett.  I open it to The Maltese Falcon,

It  reads-


Samuel Spade’s jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth.  His nostrils curved back to make another, smaller, v.  His yellow-grey eyes were horizontal.  The v motif was picked up again by thickish brows rising outward from twin creases above a hooked nose, and his pale brown hair grew down- from high flat temples- in a point on his forehead.  He looked rather pleasantly like a blond satan.

He said to Effie Perine: “Yes, sweetheart?”


Pick up a copy, try a yard sale or church or library sale. It is a great book that includes-

Red Harvest

The Dain Curse

The Maltese Falcon

The Glass Key

The Thin Man




Happy Friday, a wet cold night- perfect for a fire, Dashiell and the Maltese Falcon in hand…..


TV Alert!!! I’m Psychic! Checked the web for info on Mr. Hammett and lookie lookie TONIGHT!


From below-

“The Maltese Falcon” times Three on TCM


If you’re anything of a movie buff at all, you know that while the taut crime drama High Sierra (1941) put Humphrey Bogart on the map, The Maltese Falcon, released later that same year, was the film that made him a star.  What many don’t realize is that this was the third big screen adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett novel, with two other versions, The Maltese Falcon (1931) and Satan Met a Lady (1936) having preceded it. A rare treat is in store as Turner Classic Movies will be running all three versions Friday evening and Saturday morning as part of their Friday Night Spotlight which focuses this month on films based on novels written by classic crime novelists.

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Once you see all three versions, you come away with a greater appreciation of John Huston, who wrote the screenplay and directed the Bogart feature.  While the other two breeze by far too quickly, clocking in at 79 and 75 minutes respectively, Huston takes his time not to rush through key details from Hammett’s novel yet is able to generate a sense of urgency amongst the characters that never flags.  This is only the most obvious difference between the three films with the conflicting sense of mood and perspective varying in great degrees as well.


” The book fell to the corner of the fireplace as two bullets grazed his forehead knocking him to the floor.”


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