Sam Spade is hired by the fragrant Miss Wonderley to track down her sister, who has eloped with a louse called Floyd Thursby. But Miss Wonderley is in fact the beautiful and treacherous Brigid O'Shaughnessy, and when Spade's partner Miles Archer is shot while on Thursby's trail, Spade finds himself both hunter and hunted: can he track down the jewel-encrusted bird, a treasure worth killing for, before the Fat Man finds him?
Release dates: June 13, 1931
Running time: 80 minutes
Bebe Daniels as Ruth Wonderly
Ricardo Cortez as Sam Spade
Dudley Digges as Casper Gutman
Una Merkel as Effie Perine
Robert Elliott as Detective Lieutenant Dundy
Thelma Todd as Iva Archer
Otto Matieson as Dr. Joel Cairo
Walter Long as Miles Archer
Dwight Frye as Wilmer Cook
J. Farrell MacDonald as Detective Sergeant Tom Polhaus
Also wrote as Peter Collinson, Daghull Hammett, Samuel Dashiell, Mary Jane Hammett
Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hardboiled detective novels and short stories. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse). In addition to the significant influence his novels and stories had on film, Hammett "is now widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time" and was called, in his obituary in the New York Times, "the dean of the... 'hard-boiled' school of detective fiction."