The Black Bird

  • 1975
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Comedy, Mystery

A funny satire of THE MALTESE FALCON written and directed by young David Giler, whose father, Berne Giler, was one of Hollywood's best screenwriters in his day. Segal was never better then as Sam Spade, Jr., who inherits the detective agency, now in a desolate black area. Patrick (she played Effie the first time around) is still the secretary, mainly because...read more

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A funny satire of THE MALTESE FALCON written and directed by young David Giler, whose father, Berne Giler, was one of Hollywood's best screenwriters in his day. Segal was never better then as Sam Spade, Jr., who inherits the detective agency, now in a desolate black area. Patrick (she

played Effie the first time around) is still the secretary, mainly because she hasn't been paid since Mary Astor went to jail. The plot concerns that elusive Falcon again. Although this is a comedy, attention is paid to the antecedents and we never get the feeling that fun is being poked, only

that fun is being had. Cook, Jr., reprises his Wilmer (the gunsel) role from the earlier film. Playboy beauty Kreski is delicious as a decoy girl and Hasso quite believable as an aging historian. Hasso, who sprang to fame as the male villain in THE HOUSE ON 92ND STREET, is not seen often enough

these days. She has always done good work. There are far too many jibes and jokes and more turns than Lombard Street in the screenplay detail. The one failing of the picture is the ending--a cop-out if there ever was one. Also, nowhere was the Dashiell Hammett original ever acknowledged in the

credits. Not nice, fellas.

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  • Released: 1975
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: A funny satire of THE MALTESE FALCON written and directed by young David Giler, whose father, Berne Giler, was one of Hollywood's best screenwriters in his day. Segal was never better then as Sam Spade, Jr., who inherits the detective agency, now in a deso… (more)

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