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October 14, 2009 | 12:00 pm

Oct. 14, 1941, Maltese Falcon  

Oct. 14, 1941: “The Maltese Falcon” is a surprise hit in New York. It’s interesting to see that not much was expected in the third remake of the film, which has now eclipsed the two previous incarnations. I’ll have to track down the Bette Davis-Warren William version, which is apparently “Satan Met a Lady.”  I saw the 1931 Ricardo Cortez version years ago in Seattle and I was amazed that anyone could make such a dull, tedious and forgettable movie from such a great novel. This was many years ago and I might feel differently now, but I recall it being a real dog of a movie.