Re: RARA-AVIS: Maltese Falcon

From: William Denton (
Date: 27 Sep 2004

On 22 September 2004, Bludis Jack wrote:

: I just read the book again last week, and I don't want to take the time
: to look it up, but maybe someone else might remember--isn't the only
: time Spade is "off camera" during the scenes that show Gutman's
: daughter?

No, there's nothing special about her scene, except that it's weird. She was drugged and has been poking herself with pins to stay awake, or so it seems. The address she gives him is phony and she's never seen again.

: And what purpose does she serve? I kept asking myself that when reading
: it.

Me too. I'm with Mr. Keenan. I think Huston improved this by simplifying it in his movie. I think she'd fit better into a Continental Op story. For this one, with the way it moves and the focus on the group of treasure hunters, she's a bit out of it. How was it done in the previous two adaptations? Anyone remember?


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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