The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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John Huston

Screenplay by John Huston; adapted from the novel by Dashiell Hammett

Humphrey Bogart (Sam Spade)
Mary Astor (Brigid O'Shaughnessy)
Gladys George (Iva Archer)
Peter Lorre (Joel Cairo)
Barton MacLane (Lieutenant Dundy)
Lee Patrick (Effie)
Sydney Greenstreet (Gutman)
Ward Bond (Sergeant Tom Polhaus)
Jerome Cowan (Miles Archer)
Elisha Cook Jr. (Wilmer Cook)
James Burke (Luke)
Murray Alper (Frank Richman)
John Hamilton (Bryan)

Sam Spade about to receive the news of his partner's murder
The cop tells Sam about Archer's death
Sam surveills Wilmer surveilling Sam
Sam rouses Joel Cairo
Brigid wants to keep fighting Cairo
Sam, Joel, Brigid, the fat man and the falcon
Sam reveals his true feelings about Iva's tears as she turns her back
Sam takes a nap on company time. Tsk, tsk, say Wilmer, Cairo and Gutman (from left to right)

When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it.

Keep on riding me. You're gonna be picking iron out of your liver.
The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.

When a man's partner is killed he's supposed to do something about it. It doesn't matter any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you're supposed to do something about it.

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