Movies On The Block Tonight — The Maltese Falcon

the maltese falconSimply one of the best films ever. Based on the Dashiell Hammett classic, the supporting cast is a who’s who of noir Hollywood character actors. And then of course. . . Bogart. Directed by John Huston. (Rave review from Bosley Crowther of the NYT.)

Mr. Bogart is a shrewd, tough detective with a mind that cuts like a blade, a temperament that sometimes betrays him, and a code of morals which is coolly cynical. Mary Astor is well nigh perfect as the beautiful woman whose cupidity is forever to be suspect. Sidney Greenstreet, from the Theatre Guild’s roster, is magnificent as a cultivated English crook, and Peter Lorre, Elisha Cook Jr., Lee Patrick, Barton Mac-Lane all contribute stunning characters. (Also, if you look closely, you’ll see Walter Huston, John’s father, in a bit part.)

Free, at dusk, Thursday, Movies on the Block, outdoors at Grant’s Block, Westminster at Union Streets

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