The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett (novel)
Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet (starring)
John Huston (director, screenwriter)

Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1941. Final Draft script for the 1941 film, dated May 26, 1941. Warner Brothers Story Department copy, carbon typescript, with stamps on the front wrapper stating same.

Shooting began on June 1, 1941, making this Final Draft in effect the shooting script for the film. OCLC locates only one institutional holding of a production script worldwide.

In his 1990 book on the making of the film, Rudy Behlmer notes that Huston, under pressure with a small budget and low expectations from the studio, planned each second of the film to the last detail, tailoring the screenplay with instructions to himself for a shot-by-shot setup, with storyboards for every scene, so filming could proceed fluently and professionally.

In the end, virtually none of the script was altered during production, and the production finished on time and under budget.

A groundbreaking film noir cornerstone, signaling the beginning of what is today known as the classic film noir era, based on Dashiell Hammett’s classic 1930 hardboiled novel.

To keep the unique effect of gumshoe Sam Spade’s experience, Huston employed a then-radical adaptation technique, wherein the film’s perspective never departs Spade’s point of view—the audience knows and sees only what he sees.

Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

Set in San Francisco.

Blue titled wrappers, undated, with Warner Bros. Story and Stenographic Depts. stamps and a FINAL stamp on the front wrapper. Title page present, dated 5/26/41, with credits for screenwriter John Huston and novelist Dashiell Hammett. 148 leaves, with last page of text numbered 147. Carbon typescript on onionskin stock, with blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 6/2/41 and 9/9/41. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, slightly yapped at the edges, bound with two gold brads.

National Film Registry. Ebert I. Grant US. Penzler 101. Rosenbaum 1000. Selby US Masterwork. Spicer US. Silver and Ward Classic Noir.


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