A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
10/3/1941 Miss Wonderley hits the big screen
October 3, 1941. One of the great crime movies premiered on this date. Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon had already been filmed twice, badly, but screenwriter John Huston decided that he could make it work by taking his script practically word-for-word from the novel. George Raft didn't want to work with an unexperienced director so Huston picked Humphrey Bogart. And that turned out to be, in one line that did not come from the book, "the stuff dreams are made of."