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The Maltese Falcon (Collection of 20 original photographs from the 1931 pre-Code film) by  Ricardo Cortez (starring)  Dashiell (novel); Roy Del Ruth (director); Bebe Daniels - 1931 - from Royal Books, Inc. (SKU: 143515)

The Maltese Falcon (Collection of 20 original photographs from the 1931 pre-Code film)

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The Maltese Falcon (Collection of 20 original photographs from the 1931 pre-Code film)

by Hammett, Dashiell (novel); Roy Del Ruth (director); Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez (starring)

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Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1931. Collection of 20 vintage studio still photographs from the 1931 pre-Code film, and the first adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's classic hard boiled novel. All but two images with the Warner Brothers / Vitaphone logo at the bottom margin. This first adaptation, made well prior to the establishment of the Hayes Code, carries a set of characters whose common quality is one of general immorality. John Huston's better known 1941 version would translate that quality into a dialogue-intensive, hard boiled (if much warmer) style. The principal image, of Ricardo Cortez as Sam Spade with the shadow of the falcon looming behind him, has the original snipe from the film, a "Received" stamp dated May 20, 1931 (eight days prior to the film's release date), and another date stamp of May 27, 1931. Other photos with various stamps relating to the studio or to the collection of Carlos Clarens. 8 x 10 inches. Three images faded to sepia, overall clean and Very Good to Near Fine. Complete collation details available on request.

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The Maltese Falcon , author Dashiell Hammett’s third novel, set the standard by which all subsequent detective fiction would be judged. Set in San Francisco in the late 1920s, the novel introduces us to private detective Sam Spade, who characterizes the archetype of the hard-boiled detective in his dead-pan pursuit of the recovery of a black figurine. Having worked for a time for the Pinkerton Detective Agency in San Francisco, Hammett reportedly drew upon his years as a detective in creating Spade and many of the other characters for The Maltese Falcon . The Maltese Falcon was originally serialized in HL Mencken’s “pulp” magazine, Black Mask, beginning with the September 1929 issue. For publication of the book form, editor Blanche Knopf tried to tone down the overt sexuality of the magazine version, fearing the references would alienate readers, but Hammett prevailed. However, the 1941 film adaptation starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor (the best known of the novel’s three film versions) excised the homosexual subtext of the novel due to Production Code restraints. Today, the movie is considered a film noir classic and the novel is ranked 56th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century as well as 54th on The Guardian’s list of the 100 best novels. -

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Royal Books, Inc. US (US)
Seller Inventory #
143515
Title
The Maltese Falcon (Collection of 20 original photographs from the 1931 pre-Code film)
Author
Hammett, Dashiell (novel); Roy Del Ruth (director); Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez (starring)
Book condition
Used
Quantity available
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Publisher
Warner Brothers
Place of Publication
Burbank, CA
Date published
1931
Keywords
Film Still Photographs | Photographs | Hard-boiled Crime Fiction | Pre-Code Film | Mystery and Crime
Bookseller catalogs
Film Still Photographs; Hard-boiled Crime Fiction; Photographs; Mystery and Crime; Pre-Code Film;

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