- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
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The post-code remake dazzled with characters in love with the bird. This pre-code version is a love story where the chemistry between Cortez and Daniels is central. Less sexy as a movie, the slowed-down pace is easier to follow as Daniels delivers the sizzle, almost the love of Spade's life, the one that got away, his affection honored in the final scene.
The Maltese Falcon(1931)
I think this version may not be as popular,but it sure is worth viewing.I think the cast was really unique Una Merkel,Bebe Daniels, highly underrated, especially Sam's charm I dont think he did as bad as some suggest, it deserves better credit.
Worst rendition of this classic ever.
I LOVE THIS FIRST VERSION OF "THE MALTESE FALCON"
- MARLENE RANTZ
I have seen this movie more than once, and I love this first version of "The Maltese Falcon." If I must point out a reason, it would be the excellent acting of the entire cast, and their charisma! For instance, Ricardo Cortez portrayed Sam Spade with more warmth and charm than Humphrey Bogart, and he had a tremendous amount of charisma. Otto Matieson, who portrayed Joel Cairo, also had a tremendous amount of charisma. I was dismayed to learn that he died a year after this movie, surely at a young age, because I know he had a bright future in motion pictures! Even character actor, Dudley Digges, who portrayed Gutman, had a tremendous amount of charisma in this movie! Then, too, there was terrific chemistry between Ricardo Cortez and Bebe Daniels-they really seem to sizzle together! All in all, a good version of "The Maltese Falcon."
Better than the "famous" black bird?
I'm 68 yrs old & a huge fan of "THE Maltese Falcon" with Bogey, Astor, Lorre, etc.Today I saw the original. Let me just say that this slightly "smaller" film filled in many of the details I never caught in many, many viewings of the "famous" Falcon movie. I really liked it a lot!
What A Surprise !
- Nancy Thompson-Jones
Never knowing of this film's existence, what a surprise it was when I started watching The Maltese Falcon thinking I was going to see Bogart and Astor. Although these films were very similar, it was fun identifying the differences. It would be interesting to see Robert or Ben do a critique of it.
The Maltese Falcon (1931)
- Wendy Winkler
Being a big fan of the Bogart Maltese Falcon, I find this version very interesting. The famous version may be a better movie. But the 1931 version is a good movie on its own. Bebe Daniels is very good as Brigid. Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre are a hundred times better than their 1931 counterparts. Ricardo Cortez is good, but he is no Bogart. Over all this a good movie.