The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Modern Chinese and other international coins
The 1941 Warner Brothers film "The Maltese Falcon" shows some coins on a table.
They belong to a man who has just arrived from the "Orient".
Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo, Sydney Greenstreet as Kasper Gutman.
medieval statue of a falcon.
coins from various countries.
2. San Francisco skyline in 1941
The bridge is the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
3. Sam Spade in his office
Sam rolls his own.
Sam's partner Miles Archer joins them.
4. Brigid, Sam, Archer
Archer volunteers to follow the man for Brigid "personally".
5. Sam Spade overlooking Archer death site
Police detectives come to Sam's apartment to question him after Thursby is also killed.
6. Police detectives at Sam's apartment
Sam doesn't tell them much in order to protect his client.
7. Sam and Brigid at her hotel
Sam questions Brigid about her story which he doesn't believe.
She asks him to trust her.
8. Joel Cairo offers condolences
Cairo offers Sam $5,000 for a "black bird".
Sam tells Cairo that he doesn't have it, Cairo then pulls a gun and asks to search the office.
9. Contents of Joel's wallet
Among the items are British, Greek, and Swiss passports, and some loose change.
10. Closeup of coins
In the book the coins are United States, British, French, and Chinese coins.
possibly a 1930's Chinese coin, and some tokens to the right of the key.
Casper is also known as the "Fat Man" for obvious reasons.
11. Casper tells the story of the "black bird"
Casper tells Sam what the "black bird" is, a medieval golden statue of a falcon
which the crusader Knights of Rhodes had made to give to Spain's King Charles V
in return for the Island of Malta.
someone painted it black to hide it's identity.
Brigid then took it herself, went to Hong Kong, met a gangster named Thursby,
then she got a merchant ship captain Jacobi take the statue to San Francisco
while she and Thursby travelled to the city on a faster ship.
12. Captain Jacobi delivers the package
The package is wrapped in Chinese newspapers.
in exchange for $10,000.
13. Meeting at Sam's apartment
Casper pays Sam the $10,000 in $1,000 bills, which were hard to find items even then.
14. Casper and $1000 dollar bills
These appear to be standard Mexican Revolution motion picture stage money bills.
Since the 1920's, motion picture companies have used these notes, reprinted from
Mexican Revolution (1910-1925) notes issued by the states of Chihuahua and Sonora.
In the film the value "1000" is printed on the notes.
15. Mexican Revolution Sonora note reverse
16. Sam's assistant Effie delivers the package
Effie leaves and the others remove the statue from the packaging.
17. The first look at the famous bird
Casper scratches the bird's enamel with a knife to see if it is gold.
18. Casper checks the bird
The scratches reveal lead underneath; the statue is a fake.
that the real golden statue is still in Istanbul.
19. Casper invites Sam to Istanbul
Casper: "Shall we go to Istanbul?"
He explains to Brigid that he knows she shot his partner Archer and that
he is going to turn her in also.
20. Sam explains to Brigid
The police detectives show up, tell Sam that they caught the men, and arrest Brigid.
He tells them that it is "The stuff that dreams are made of".
21. "The stuff that dreams are made of"
22. The Maltese Falcon or the "Black Bird"
The two original film prop statues have both sold at auctions for several million dollars each.
Humphrey Bogart as Samuel Spade
Mary Astor as Brigid O'Shaughnessy
Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo
Sydney Greenstreet as Kasper Gutman
Lee Patrick as Effie Perine
Writers: John Huston (screenplay) and Dashiell Hammett (novel)