The Maltese Falcon (1941 film)

The Maltese Falcon is a 1941 film noir directit bi John Huston in his directorial debut. Huston's screenplay wis based on the novelle o the same name bi Dashiell Hammett.[2][3] The film starns Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade an Mary Astor as his femme fatale client. Gladys George, Peter Lorre, an Sydney Greenstreet co-starn, wi Greenstreet appearin in his film debut. The story follaes a San Francisco private detective an his dealins wi three unscrupulous adventurers, aw o whom are competin tae obtain a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette.

The Maltese Falcon
Theatrical release poster
Directit biJohn Huston
Screenplay biJohn Huston
Based onThe Maltese Falcon
bi Dashiell Hammett
Muisic biAdolph Deutsch
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Eeditit biThomas Richards
Distributit biWarner Bros.
Release date
  • 3 October 1941 (1941-10-03) (New York Ceety)
  • 18 October 1941 (1941-10-18) (Unitit States)
Rinnin time
101 minutes
KintraUnitit States


  1. "The Maltese Falcon". AFI Catalog of Feature Films (American Film Institute). Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  2. Variety film review; October 1, 1941, page 9.
  3. Harrison's Reports film review; October 4, 1941, page 159.