Mystery Monday: 1940s Detectives: Sam Spade
According to Hammett: “Spade has no origin. He is a dream man in the sense that he is what most of the private detectives I worked with would like to have been and in their cockier moments thought they approached. For you private detective does not—or did not ten years ago when he was my colleague—want to be an erudite solver of riddles in the Sherlock Holmes manner; he wants to be a hard and shifty fellow, able to take care of himself in any situation, able to get the best of anybody he comes in contact with, whether criminal, innocent by-stander, or client.”
Three films were made between 1931 and 1941, with Humphrey Bogart’s 1941 version the most well-known and most popular. Interestingly, Bogart’s slight frame, dark features, and serious depictioncontrasted with the novel’s version of a blond, well-built, and mischievous character, but his portrayal is considered the best.
Spade even made it into the comics when The Maltese Falcon was presented in comic book form in 1946. Rodlow Williard did the adaptation which is considered to be well-done and faithful to both the book and the film.
Do you prefer the novel or the film version of The Maltese Falcon?
About Under Cover:
Life gets even more unsettling when clues indicate her best friend, Varis, is passing secrets to the enemy. Convinced Varis is innocent, Ruth must find the real traitor as the clock ticks down toward Operation Husky-the Allied invasion of Sicily. Circumstantial evidence leads Trevor to suspect her of having a part in Amelia's death, and Ruth must choose between her heart and her duty.
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