Whether evil (Double Indemnity, Gun Crazy, Kiss Me Deadly, Night and the City, The Maltese Falcon, The
Postman Always Rings Twice) or innocent (Laura, The Big Combo), her desire for freedom, wealth or independence ignites the forces which threaten the hero.
As in The Maltese Falcon, the
ultimate villainy belongs to a woman, Helen Grayle, who is responsible for a series of murders to keep her working-class past a secret, a past that includes Moose.
NEIL Simon's detective spoof satirising such classics as The Maltese Falcon, The
Big Sleep and Casablanca.
The B movies became the training ground for contract performers, directors, and writers; for example, The Maltese Falcon, the
first film directed by John Huston, was a B picture.