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The Maltese Falcon(1931)

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The working titles of this film were All Women, A Woman of the World and Dangerous Female. A news item in Motion Picture Herald mentions that Brown Holmes was assisting Lucien Hubbard and Maude Fulton in adapting The Maltese Falcon for Bebe Daniels. Hubbard was not credited on screen. According to Film Daily, some scenes were filmed on location in San Francisco. The film was retitled Dangerous Female for television. In l936, William Dieterle directed Satan Met a Lady, which was based on the same source (see below). The story was filmed again in l941 under the title The Maltese Falcon, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. A modern source notes that the 1931 film retained a scene from Hammett's novel in which "Sam" forces "Ruth" to strip so he can search her for a missing $1,000 bill. That scene was not used in the 1941 Huston version because of stricter censorship regulations. Columbia released a parody of the tale, The Black Bird, in l975, starring George Segal and Stephane Audran under the direction of David Giler. Neil Simon's l978 movie The Cheap Detective drew on The Maltese Falcon as well as two other Bogart classics, Casablanca (1942) and The Big Sleep (1946).