Black SplatThe Maltese Falcon (1941)

"Yes, Angel, I'm going to send you over."

"The Maltese Falcon" Bogart and Mary Astor

Description: Humphrey Bogart as hard-boiled private eye Sam Spade tells Brigid O’Shaughnessy (Mary Astor) she’s going to jail for killing his partner Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan) in the motion picture The Maltese Falcon (1941).

To clarify his position, Sam continues, “The chances are you’ll get off with life. That means if you’re a good girl, you’ll be out in twenty years. I’ll be waiting for you. If they hang you, I’ll always remember you.”

When Brigid can’t understand how Sam could let her “take the fall” for murder, Sam explains, “Listen. This won’t do any good. You’ll never understand me, but I’ll try once and then give it up. When a man’s partner’s killed he’s supposed to do something about it. It doesn’t make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you’re supposed to do something about it.”

Earlier in the film, Sam was shadowed by Wilmer Cook (Elisha Cook, Jr.), a neurotic, gun-totting thug who tells Sam Spade, “Keep on ridin’ me, they’re gonna be pickin’ iron out of your liver.”

"The Maltese Falcon" - Bogart and Elisha Cook, Jr.

In an effort to obtain the Maltese Falcon, Joe Cairo (Peter Lorre) tells Sam Spade, “I am not a violent man. Mr. Spade, but if you do not give me that black bird, I shall be compelled to murder you without mercy.” But Spade gets the upper hand, raps Cairo in the mouth. and tells him, "When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it."

"The Maltese Falcon" Bogart Slaps Peter Lorre

When Joe Cairo discovers that The Maltese Falcon statuette is actually a fake, he takes his frustrations out on his oversized partner, Kaspar "The Fatman" Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet).

"The Maltese Falcon" - Peter Lorre insults the Fat Man

"You! It’s you who bungled it! You and your stupid attempt to buy it! Kemedov found out how valuable it was, no wonder we had such an easy time stealing it. imbecile! You bloated idiot! You stupid fat-head, you!"

Note: Another memorable Spade quote: "The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.”

In the movie The Cheap Detective (1978) Paul Williams as Boy says to Lou Peckinpaugh (Peter Falk), “Keep riding me, Mack, and they’ll bury you in 42 different cemeteries.”

Note: In the film Code of Silence (1985) Chuck Norris as Chicago police detective Eddie Cusack utters the Sam Spade-like remark, “When I want your opinion, I’ll beat it out of you.”

"The Maltese Falcon" Movie Poster

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