Tuesday, January 7, 2020

"The stuff that dreams are made of"

Sitting atop one of my bookcases is my replica of the Maltese Falcon (which badly needs to be dusted). Mom and Dad gave it to me one Christmas (I had asked for it). It came, just as it appears in the film, wrapped in several layers of newspaper. Last night I happened upon a TCM documentary about Mary Astor who plays Brigid O'Shaughnessy in the movie. Humphry Bogart is Sam Spade and the rest of the perfect cast includes Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Elisha Cook, Jr., and Ward Bond. It was directed by John Huston (his first, I think, in 1941). The book, The Maltese Falcon, was one of several "hard-boiled" mysteries by Dashiell Hammett. I hadn't watched the movie for several years but I watched it again last night into today's early morning hours. Superb! I need to read the book again.

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