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Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Film noirSub-Category: crime film, mystery film, film noir, film adaptation, treasure hunt filmNarrative location: San FranciscoRuntime: 100 - 101 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: San FranciscoDirector: John HustonScreenwriter: John Huston, Dashiell HammettBased on: The Maltese FalconMusic: Adolph DeutschCinematography: Arthur EdesonStars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook, Jr. Producer: Hal B. WallisAwards won: National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Sydney Greenstreet)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (John Huston)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

The Maltese Falcon is a 1941 Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. Directed by John Huston, the film 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 Greenstreet appearing in his film debut. The Maltese Falcon was Huston's directorial debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards. 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 film premiered on October 3, 1941, in New York City, and was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 1989. The Maltese Falcon was considered by Roger Ebert to be one of the greatest films ever made and was cited by Panorama du Film Noir Américain as the first major film noir.

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