Uncle Bardie’s Movie of the Week: Sam Spade & the Black Bird

Once a week on Monday, Uncle Bardie shares a movie with his Readers he gives a big two thumbs up. It will simply be a short excerpt or a trailer. Uncle Bardie might even throw in a reflection on the movie. If so, it will make an appearance below the video. So pop some popcorn and give yourself a treat. This week’s movie is John Huston’s “The Maltese Falcon” (1941):

Humphrey Bogart had been in a number of movies previous to “The Maltese Falcon”. This one was the one that put him on top. Also it was John Huston’s directorial debut.

It’s 1941 and Europe is deluged with war. The Nazis are bombing London. And Private Eyes Sam Spade and Miles Archer have a case. Nothing spectacular. Just another humdrum type of a case they’ve worked on dozens of times.

Ruth Wonderly walks into the office of Spade & Archer with a request. Help her find her sister and get her away from a man named Thursby. It’s all a lie. It gets Archer killed because he has the hots for the woman who turns out to be Brigid O’Shaunessy.

Now Spade is up to his neck in trouble because it was the last case for Archer. He may have been a knucklehead but he was Spade’s partner. In the long run, you go the extra mile for a partner. Spade may not have many ethics but that is one that is one hundred percent with him.

Before he can say “San Francisco”, he is up to his eyeballs in trouble. Some fellow with an accent named Joe Cairo, a large man name of Kasper Gutman and O’Shaunessy, of course, are all trying to shake Spade down.

And it’s all over a falcon. A Maltese Falcon.



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