Adapted from Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel, debuting director John Huston's excellent The Maltese Falcon is a striking, well-crafted mystery thriller, featuring memorable femmes fatales, unforgettable villains, and Bogie at his absolute coolest.
"John Huston made his directorial debut with this classic film noir adaptation of Dashiel Hammett's novel, starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. Sam Spade (Bogart) is a cynical private eye caught up in the hunt for a jewel-encrusted falcon while searching for the murderer of his partner, Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan). His fellow treasure hunters include a sinister 'little and large' act (Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet), a psychotic tearaway (Elisha Cook Jr), and the duplicitous femme fatale, Brigid O'Shaughnessy (Astor)." Warner Bros