"It's the stuff dreams are made of..."
Look at the design of that shot. LOOK AT IT.
Truly, the Greatest Generation, where a guy who's face looks like an unmade bed, named Humphrey, was a goddamn sex symbol.
Also the 1940s, where Sydney Greenstreet playing a doughy guy named "Kaspar" radiated menace. And it works SO well.
Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo.
And speaking of radiating menace—Elisha Cook, Jr. as Wilmer.
Humphrey Bogart will have no truck with your bullshit.
Possibly my favorite moment of the film; right before sending the punch, he smiles such a cold, ruthless smile, you'd think he's a lizard man.
On this date in 1941, The Maltese Falcon was released. I love this movie, unreservedly. It’s a startlingly well-shot film, and the performances still play.