RE: RARA-AVIS: Long Shadow of the Falcon

From: Martha Fischer (
Date: 07 May 2000

while i've not seen the cortez version, i would argue that there is a fair degree of menace to bogart's spade. his scene with mary astor (the one that ends with "oh, you're good") is one that reeks of danger; as a viewer, i'm never sure that he won't ignore or even hurt her.

martha <mailto:>

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> Spade, as Paretsky notes, is not a wonderful human being. That's
> why I think
> the sleek and vaguely sinister Ricardo Cortez, in the first film version,
> comes closer to Hammett's concept than Bogart.
> Dick Lochte

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