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The Maltese Falcon (1931)

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The Maltese Falcon
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Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Roy Del Ruth
Release Date 1931
Studio Warner Bros.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sam Spade Ricardo Cortez
Ruth Wonderly Bebe Daniels
Casper Gutman Dudley Digges
Effie Perine Una Merkel

The Maltese Falcon is the 1931 film noir that was the first feature film adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett novel of the same name. This movie stars Ricardo Cortez as Sam Spade, private detective, whose partner, Miles Archer (Walter Long), was killed while on an assignment. Spade takes over the case, where everyone is after the Maltese Falcon, an invaluable treasure. A second feature film adaptation Satan Met a Lady was released in 1936 prior to the third and most famous 1941 version that starred Humphrey Bogart and was directed by John Huston .

The following weapons were used in the film The Maltese Falcon:

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless

Unlike in the 1941 version and the original novel, Archer is not killed with a Webley-Fosbery revolver, but rather with a Colt Model 1903 Hammerless. Detective Polhouse (J. Farrell MacDonald) shows the pistol to Spade at the crime scene. Wilmer Cook (Dwight Frye) also has one such gun, but Spade takes it away from him, when he tries to kill Spade. Later Spade hands over two Colts to Detective Polhouse: one is Cook's, the other is apparently Joel Cairo's (Otto Matieson) gun, which is a continuity mistake, as Cairo earlier had an FN M1900 pistol.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol Blued - .32 ACP
Detective Polhouse (J. Farrell MacDonald) shows the weapon used to kill Archer to Spade.
Wilmer Cook (Dwight Frye) points his gun at Spade.
Spade (Ricardo Cortez) shows the two guns to Detective Polhouse.
Spade gives the two guns to Detective Polhouse (J. Farrell MacDonald).

Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket

Ruth Wonderly (Bebe Daniels)carries a Colt M1908 Vest Pocket. Later Casper Gutman (Dudley Digges) takes it away from her, and uses it to get his money back from Spade.

Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket - .25 ACP
Ruth holds Cairo, who had sneaked into Spade's apartment, at gunpoint.
Ruth holds her gun at Spade, thinking it might be someone else.
Gutman points the gun at Spade.
Gutman makes his exit.

FN Model 1900

Dr. Joel Cairo (Otto Matieson) has an FN M1900 pistol. He uses it when he intends to search Spade's office, but Spade takes it away from him. He then gives it back to Cairo, who promptly threatens Spade with it again. Cairo has it again later, when he, Gutman and Wilmer ambush Spade and Ruth.

Model 1900 - .32 ACP
Dr. Joel Cairo (Otto Matieson) points his pistol at Spade.
Cairo searches Spade.
Spade gives back Cairo his gun.
Cairo immediately points his gun again at Spade, after getting it back.
Gutman and Cairo corners Spade and Ruth.

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