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Everyone knows that George Raft was offered the role of Sam Spade in this film before Bogart because Raft was at the time the BIGGER NAME but for reasons known only to himself he turned the part down.He also declined the part Bogart had in Casablanca!Sam Spades partner is murdered by person or persons unknown and he is grilled by the cops-Ward Bond later to play in early TV's Wagon Train, and Barton Maclane who roughs him up a little. Sam's had a thing with her too. In comes femme fatal Bebe Daniels, a bit younger looking than her replacement Mary Astor, but still quite deadly. For some perhaps obvious reason the small statue comes into my mind followed by "the fat man", Sidney Greenstreet then Peter Lorre. If I'm truthful - I've always admired John Huston's "The Maltese Falcon" more than I actually like it - and have owned the Warners Brothers/Turner Classics DVD of the 1941 Black and White classic for years now ("The Big Sleep" is so much better). There's a problem loading this menu right now. DWIGHT FRYE plays Wilmer Cook in this version! There is a fly walking on the headline . As a person who has owned this movie first on VHS tape and then later on Laser Disc, before purchasing this blu-ray version, I can tell you that this version is a visual revelation, and it looks FANTASTIC! In the case of The Maltese Falcon this doesn't work.The book was too complicated, and a number of characters and plot points aren't revealed until the film is nearly halfway over. Along the way, greed resulted in the murders of several people and the police suspect Sam Spade (Ricardo Cortez) for the murders--or at least thinking he knows far more than he's admitting. I hope he remembered his dentist and his Brylcreem salesman in his will; they made him the actor he was. I got such a kick out of this filmed version of Dashiell Hammett's detective novel that I think I was grinning from ear to ear throughout the movie. I actually really liked the final sequence, not in the '41 version and (if memory serves me correctly) not in the novel, either, where Spade visits Ms. Wonderly (which isn't a pseudonym in this movie) in prison. Not even Humphrey Bogart's excellent depiction of Sam Spade can be seen as a conventional hero, making this a shockingly dark picture to be made by a Hollywood studio. I'll try to be fair in my review of this early version of "The Maltese Falcon", but with Bogart as my favorite actor and the 1941 remake as one of my Top 10 films, it's going to be difficult. But this first filming (later retitled Dangerous Female), made the year after the novel's release in the technical infancy of the sound era retains enough punch and flavor to give the formidable forties version a run for its money. Dwight Frye as Wilmer has only a few lines, but gives his usual expressive performance of mental unbalance, without the hardness of Elisha Cook, Jr. in 1941. We see Miss Wonderley sleeping in Spade's bed, and actually see her naked in the bathtub (from the shoulders up) at one point. Apart from a few early musicals, the roles she was given were shady ladies, dutiful secretaries, or mistresses. It's one of the great classics of its genre. They don't come close to making movies today that can compare to the 1940's. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. When Sam Spade (Ricard Cortez) makes a phone call to his secretary Effie at home, he calls out her phone number as Berkeley, Double 0-7. Both men do an admirable job playing a role that is more complex than appears on the surface. and this Spade is neither. While this film is a classic, it is NOT Humphrey Bogart (Bogart might be the greatest screen detective in film history). And, of course, it (being pre-code) is a lot sexier than the Bogart version, which is to say, comparable to a racy 1970s TV movie. 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