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Roscoe's rating of the film The Maltese Falcon

A fascinating film, well worth seeing mainly to further cement the absolute brilliance of John Huston's brilliant remake. This film takes a lot of the same material from Hammett's novel, and makes a dreadful miscast hash of it. Ricardo Cortez' Sam Spade is a greased up loverboy who never convinces as having the brains necessary to unravel the strands of plot -- his brain is, at best, his second favorite organ.