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Dashielle Hammett's Farce on "The Maltese Falcon"
Dashielle Hammett wasn't only the mentor of the great playwright, Lillian Hellman, he too was a great playwright. "The Maltese Falcon," a Humphrey Bogart classic, is Hammett writing. So is this farce on it! Because of the sensation of Bogie & the black bird, this farce took a back seat. Bette Davis plays the secretary of the private detective (Warren William). Her role in this version is much larger than the secretary's in the film noir. I found it beneficial to know "The Maltese Falcon" before watching "Satan Met a Lady." Hammett's wry sense of humor can't be appreciated without knowing the straight version. But, when you do, this film is a side-splitter. Davis is the one who puts on the show better than anyone else in the film. I don't know why much more ado wasn't made about Davis' comedic talents.
Farce of "The Maltese Falcon"
If taken seriously that point of this film is entirely missed. Viewing "The Maltese Falcon" first will clue people in to the fact that this version is a Hammett farce. I couldn't get into Warren William at all and never have. But I did enjoy the performance of Bette Davis. Once you see her, you have to figure out this version in not taking itself serious.
See "Maltese Falcon" First
Since this movie is screenwriter Dashiell Hammett's satire of his classic "Maltese Falcon," watching this movie first would not make the satire stand out. Watch "Maltese Falcon" first. Then, this satire with Bette Davis and Warren William is tongue-in-cheek amusing. As Valerie, Bette Davis stands out. She is better, acting technique wise, at pulling off a satire than William. Davis does not steal this show. The acting is good and well balanced between the actors. The plot is mocking "Maltese Falcon" is point blank obvious ways. I really enjoy it the more I watch it.
Dashiell Hammett's satire
Finally, the DVD of "Satan Met a Lady," Dashiell Hammett's satire of his "Maltese Falcon" is available with the latter. That's the recommended way to watch the former, after watching "Maltese Falcon." Without knowing the story that's been written as a satire, it would be difficult to grasp the wry humor of Hammett. Instead of Humphrey Bogart playing the famed detective, Sam Spade, the much less appealing Warren Williams plays a caricature of Spade. His adminstrative assistant is Bette Davis, who steals the show because she plays the part without revealing her tongue in cheek, so to speak. It's a fun follow-up to "The Maltese Falcon."
WARREN WILLIAM TAKES ON BETTE DAVIS!
"SATAN MET A LADY" IS A FILM ABOUT A DETECTIVE WHO TAKES ON A CASE TO FIND A MISSING HORN. LIES, DECEPTION, AND LOVE ARE AMONG THE THINGS HE MUST DEAL WITH AS HE ATTEMPTS TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY. WARREN WILLIAM IS THE DETECTIVE IN THIS VERSION OF "THE MALTESE FALCON", ALONG WITH BETTE DAVIS AND MARIE WILSON. DESPITE THE TALENTED CAST, THIS FILM SEEMS TO BE MISSING SOMETHING. BETTE DAVIS HERSELF ONCE SAID THAT THIS WAS THE WORST FILM THAT SHE HAD EVER MADE, ALTHOUGH DESPITE ITS REPUTATION IT IS STILL WORTH WATCHING. "SATAN MET A LADY" WAS THE SECOND SCREEN VERSION OF "THE MALTESE FALCON", BUT THIS MOVIE IS NOT NEARLY AS GOOD AS THE FIRST OR THIRD VERSIONS. IF YOU DON'T EXPECT TO MUCH, THIS IS AN OK MOVIE FOR BETTE DAVIS OR WARREN WILLIAM FANS.