The Maltese Falcon (1931)
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 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.
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.