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.
George Raft was lined up by Warner Bros, the company Bogart was contracted to from 1936, to play Sam Spade in the Maltese Falcon, the
third film version of Dashiell Hammett's novella in 10 years.
NEIL Simon's detective spoof satirising such classics as The Maltese Falcon, The
Big Sleep and Casablanca.
He began to publish short stories and novelettes in pulp magazines and published two novels--Red Harvest and The Dain Curse (both 1929)--before writing Maltese Falcon, The
(1930), often considered his finest work.
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.