We’re retiring the old video tape player, which means replacing the old classics with DVDs. Today, we watched the Maltese Falcon. As promised, the quality of the recording is excellent.
And the movie is truly one of the all-time greats, worth watching over and over again.
The ironies are wonderful, from the characters: Sidney Greenstreet under the name Gutman, Peter Lorre playing a gay, Elisha Cook Jr as the world’s toughest and most incompetent gunsel — to the unquestioned loyalty that every man (except Peter Lorre) has always given Brigid O’Shaughnessy.
And the lines are wonderful, many of them directly taken from the book.
“I’m a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk.”
“The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.”
“If you lose a son, it’s always possible to get another, but there is only one Maltese Falcon.”