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The Maltese Falcon

5

Definitive noir and the film that really marked Humphrey Bogart's shift from bit-part Warner's baddie to leading man hero. Bogie is hard-bitten detective Sam Spade, out to avenge his partner's death and sort out the mystery of gem-encrusted statue the Maltese Falcon. Mix in femme fatale Mary Astor, lowlife crims Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, and the icy direction of John Huston and you have the stuff that dreams are made of.

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