Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Maltese Falcon screenplay

From: Patrick King (
Date: 17 Mar 2008

--- JIM DOHERTY <> wrote:

> Michael,
> Re Mr. Rivkin's account. It may very well have
> happened that way. However, I take issue with the
> assertion that the earlier version had nothing to do
> with the book. Actually the Ricardo Cortez version
> is
> a fairly faithful adaptation. Not as
> "letter-of-the-law" exact as the Huston/Bogart
> version, but certainly a faithful version.
****************************************************** I saw the Ricardo Cortez version on TCM a couple of weeks ago, and it is faithful to the book. Cortez leering portrail of Sam Spade is more than a little hard to deal with and Gutman is horribly miscast, but the story sticks just as closely to the book as Huston's classic. The story aside, however, both directing and acting leave much to be desired in this earlier production.

Patrick King

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