This second filming of Dashiell Hammett's classic detective story The Maltese Falcon
is probably the least true to the book and the least successful. William plays the Sam Spade character, here called Ted Shayne. He is hired by Davis to locate a certain Mme. Barrabas (equivalent to
Casper Gutman in the other films, and played by Alison Skipworth), but she will not tell him why. Skipworth finds out she is being sought and sends one of her minions to find out why from William's none-too-clever secretary, Wilson. Later William calls on Skipworth and she offers him money to tell
her where Davis is, further explaining that Davis used to work for her and stole a f...