Tuesday, July 13, 2010
19. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy. We believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it all right.
You like CSI, Law & Order, etc.? Thank this movie. The greatest crime/mystery movie of all time. Humphrey Bogart is Sam Spade the coolest, toughest private eye ever to grace the screen. He is bold, brash, politically incorrect, and not afraid of anybody. The movie also has great supporting roles from Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre (who'll join Bogart in a little bit on this list for an even better movie). Mary Astor plays Sam Spade's damsel in distress to perfection.
Anyone who avoids black & white movies because they are boring or outdated should start here.