"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30-minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 26, 1941 with Herbert Marshall reprising his film role.
"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 1, 1946 with Ray Milland reprising his film role.
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #77 Greatest Movie of All Time. It was the first inclusion of this film on the list.
Walter Huston: Capt. Jacobi.
Sydney Greenstreet appeared in a special trailer to promote the film.
According to Mary Astor in her autobiography 'A Life on Film', Sydney Greenstreet was very nervous before his first scene and remarked," Mary dear, hold my hand, tell me I won't make an ass of meself!"
Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor's dialog-heavy final scene took 3 days to shoot.
After Geraldine Fitzgerald had made it clear that she wasn't interested in doing the film, the next port of call for the part of Brigid O'Shaughnessy was Mary Astor. John Huston and Humphrey Bogart visited her at her home to talk over the script and she was immediately smitten by their palpable excitement in the project. Already familiar with the novel, Astor was even more impressed with the screenplay which she thought was a "humdinger". She signed on straight away.
Humphrey Bogart had to supply his own wardrobe. This was common practice at Warner Brothers as a way for the studio to save some money.
Humphrey Bogart has absolutely no resemblance to the character of Sam Spade as described in the book. There, he is over 6 feet tall, has a hooked nose and blond hair.
'Elisha Cook Jr' was the longest surviving member of the cast, dying at the age of 90 in 1991.
Frustrated at seeing his script for Juarez rewritten by Paul Muni, the film's star, John Huston vowed that from then on he would direct his own screenplays and therefore not have to see them get meddled with. He was fortunate in that he had a staunch ally in the form of producer Henry Blanke who was happy to fulfill Huston's wish.
From the start, Peter Lorre was always John Huston's first choice to play Joel Cairo.
When Spade visits the murder scene of his partner, in the background can be seen a poster for a film called Swing Your Lady, an in-joke directed at Humphrey Bogart who was one of the stars of this B-movie. Bogart referred to it as "the worst picture I ever made".
The opening scroll about the history of the Maltese Falcon is entirely made up.
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