RARA-AVIS: Re: Maltese Falcon screenplay

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 19 Mar 2008

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Kevin Burton Smith <kvnsmith@...> wrote:

> It's been a few years since I watched the two back to back, but I
> remember being surprised by that.
> Certainly, Huston had the better cast, but the original isn't without
> merit, especially when you consider what passed as standard hard-
> boiled P.I. fare at the (pre-Code) time. As for the leering, Spade was
> a dog, after all.

You're right, the older version is still the Falcon. However, unlike Huston's, the older version looks, well, aged. Turner does show it once in a while and it's worth seeing. It's still an entertaining film.



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