Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!

Dashiell Hammett’s third novel, The Maltese Falcon, was serialized in Black Mask magazine during the closing months of 1929. However, it wasn’t until February 14, 1930—90 years ago today—that publisher Alfred A. Knopf first released that tale in book form.

Two motion-picture adaptations of Hammett’s only novel starring private eye Sam Spade were made during the 1930s, but it is the 1941 Falcon—directed by John Huston, and starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor (shown above)—that everyone best remembers.

(Hat tip to Up and Down These Mean Streets.)

READ MORE:Happy Valentine’s Day?” (The Stiletto Gumshoe).

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