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The Maltese Falcon

Released 1941
Distributor Warner Bros.

In today’s remake-crazed atmosphere it’s worth noting that this was the second remake of Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade detective novel. John Huston got his first directing assignment in exchange for scripting‚ Raoul Walsh’s High Sierra. In one of many bad career decisions, George Raft turned down the lead role that consolidated Humphrey Bogart’s star status.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.