Great Detectives: Sam Spade
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Sam Spade, created by Dashiell Hammett, only appeared in one full-length novel and three short stories. He was one of the first prototypical “hard-boiled” detectives, and the novel “The Maltese Falcon” is considered a classic of the genre. It was filmed three times from 1931 to 1941, and the 1941 version with Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade is a film noir masterpiece.
1939 is generally considered Hollywood’s greatest year, but 1941 may come in second. In addition to the classic Humphrey Bogart version of “The Maltese Falcon,” many other classic movies were released in 1941.
Write these 16 film titles from 1941, one letter to a box, using the clues provided. If you can get all 16 without looking anything up, you’re a true Turner Classic Movies fan. Punctuation and a few words have been provided; also, in honor of Sam Spade, the letter S is already filled in. To make it even easier, they’re in alphabetical order.
1. A live-action, comedic twist on Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs with Gary Cooper & Barbara Stanwyck.
2. Named several times in the Sight and Sound poll as the greatest movie ever made.
3. The make-up effects for Spencer Tracy’s transformations only work in black and white.
4. Disney’s animated fable about a flying elephant.
5. The remake with Warren Beatty was titled “Heaven Can Wait.”
6. Winner of the “Best Picture” Oscar.
7. Generally considered the best acting job by a future American President.
8. Another Cooper-Stanwyck film, directed by Frank Capra.
9. Weeper starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.
10. Gary Cooper as a WWI hero.
11. A film about the making of a fictitious film called “O Brother Where Art Thou,” which eventually was the name of a real film decades later.
12. Alfred Hitchcock put a light bulb in a glass of milk for Cary Grant to carry in this film.
13. Stanwyck with Henry Fonda this time, co-starring as a naive ophiologist.
14. Another horror film with a transformation theme, this time with Lon Chaney Jr.
15. Errol Flynn starred as General Custer.
16. Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth together for the first time.
Now to find “the stuff that dreams are made of.”
The cache can be found at
N 41 23.1i / 2b / 6r / 3e / 8b / 16r / 10d / 15b / 11k / 11a / 5b / 11f / 13i / 7c
W 96 03.8d / 5a / 15p / 9b / 3q / 15l / 14b / 4e / 14e / 12e / 11f / 5i
FTF and 2TF prizes:
DVD-R with the 1941 film “The Maltese Falcon” in .avi format and the novel in e-book form.
Audio CD with Carly Simon's song "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" and the 1943 radio version of "The Maltese Falcon."
A new TB commemorating this Great Detectives series.
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