RARA-AVIS: Re: No new Maltese Falcon movie

From: Richard Moore ( moorich@aol.com)
Date: 31 Oct 2007

There was a stage adaptation of the Falcon presented in Long Beach a couple of years ago. Here is a link to an article that discusses it and also mentions in passing the musical concept: http://www.gazettes.com/falcon04282005.html

Richard Moore

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Dick Lochte" <dlochte@...> wrote:
> I think there's been some unsettled legal problem regarding the
film rights
> to the book. At least that was the case back in the Sixties when,
with the
> success of Peter Gunn, 77 Sunset Strip et al, a Sam Spade TV
series was
> contemplated and shelved. Too bad. Howard Duff, whose radio
version was, in
> my opinion, the best detective show in that medium, was still
young enough
> to have played him. But then, it was his and of course Hammett's
> leanings that helped to end the radio series.
> Maybe I'm fantasizing, but I seem to recall that a musical version
> the Rat Pack was considered, with Sinatra (who at one time did
resemble the
> book's description of Spade), Martin as Archer, Sammy Davis as
Cairo, Angie
> Dickenson as ..., Victor Buono as ... And so on. Would have been a
> for Burke and Van Husen. But Sondheim might have been able to put
some songs
> together.
> In any case, there will probably be more movie and/or TV interest
in Spade
> next year when Joe Gores' prequel arrives.
> Dick Lochte

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