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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 27, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Happy birthday, Dashiell Hammett

Today (May 27) marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of the great hardboiled crime novelist Dashiell Hammett, whose books came to the screen in the “Thin Man” movies (a series close to my heart), “The Glass Key” and “The Maltese Falcon.” Hammett, who died in 1961, was also a screenwriter and received an Oscar nomination for his adaptation of partner Lillian Hellman’s play “Watch on the Rhine.” In his honor, here’s the trailer for “The Maltese Falcon,” with Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. It’s been a while since I’ve watched this film, so it may be time for a repeat viewing, with a toast to Mr. Hammett. They don’t make movies like this any more — and for that matter, they don’t make trailers like this either, and that’s a shame.

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