Re: RARA-AVIS: Mary Astor

From: GN (
Date: 09 May 2000

> I've read complaints about Mary Astor in other forums, so I know I'm in
> a minority on this point, but I kind of like her in THE MALTESE FALCON.

I like her as well. Her portrayal is enough for me. As a character in the film, she is female, and that seemed to be Spade and Archer's only requirement in a woman. She seemed vulnerable to them, and that made her a perfect target. The hesitation in her voice, the obviousness of her story, does not disturb them, as they only need to believe her money. Later, as Spade is drawn to her, we have our doubts as we should. Is he kissing her because he really is drawn to her, or because he needs her confession? By professing romance, he keeps her near him till the end. If she were a stunning beauty, would he really have sent her over? Astor managed to include all the dilemmas of her character while playing a split personality, cheat, liar and sex pot. Pretty good job in my book.

Best, GWN Gary Warren Niebuhr P. I. E. S. (Private Investigator Entertainment Service) P. O. Box 341218 Milwaukee, WI 53234

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