A rare bird, the prized one and only. This third film version of the Dashiell Hammett novel was propelled into the ranks of popular classic by a stunning directorial debut from screenwriter John Huston. This was also Bogart's big chance as a star/leading man and he is peerless as private
eye Sam Spade, a cynical rebel-hero entangled in a mass of hissing vipers.
While trying to investigate the murder of his partner, Miles Archer (Cowan), Spade finds himself surrounded by a number of eccentric characters: the mysterious Brigid O'Shaughnessy (Astor), the effeminate Joel Cairo (Lorre), the huge Kasper Gutman (Greenstreet), and Gutman's psychotic gunsel