The Maltese Falcon Reviews
Rental? See for yourself?
It's no secret that the Bogie version is one of my all-time favorite movies, but this still holds its own. In some ways it tells the same story slightly better, and is a leaner/meaner version. Plus, I get the feeling that this Sam Spade could actually prove himself off the gallows, where Bogie's version would never hold up in court, especially with Detective Dundy gunning for him.
This is a pre-code movie, so there's a lot more skin and Ricardo Cortez is a lot more believable as the private dick on the make, despite the polkadot pajamas. Bebe Daniels is a lot more believable as the sexually manipulative Ruth Wonderly than the ultra-melodramatic Mary Astor. And, Una Merkel, as Spade's private secretary, Effie Perine is a hottie.
This is well worth a viewing.