THE MALTESE FALCON (1931)
1931, Warner Bros., 80 min, USA, Dir: Roy Del Ruth

No, not the Bogart version, but the original - made the year after Dashiell Hammett’s landmark novel was published. This pre-Code adaptation flaunts a much sexier tone than John Huston’s more famous 1941 version. Some Hammett fans even prefer it. Ricardo Cortez and Bebe Daniels star as Spade and Brigid. Screenplay by Maude Fulton & Brown Holmes, from the Hammett novel. Directed by Roy Del Ruth.


MARY RYAN, DETECTIVE
1949, Sony Repertory, 68 min, USA, Dir: Abby Berlin

We top off our B-movie marathon with a film so rare it’s not even in Maltin’s Movie Guide! Marsha Hunt plays a female police investigator who goes to prison, undercover, to help bust up a gang of jewel thieves. Directed by Abby Berlin from a script by B-veteran George Bricker, and costarring John Litel and June Vincent. NOT ON DVD


KID GLOVE KILLER
1942, MGM/Park Circus, 74 min, USA, Dir: Fred Zinnemann

It’s CSI: Hollywood, 1942 in this ultra-rarity, as the delightful and delectable Marsha Hunt plays a police forensics expert caught between cop-chemist Van Heflin and glittery gangster Lee Bowman. Yet another in our series scripted by the great John C. Higgins, this is also the feature film debut of director Fred Zinnemann. NOT ON DVD


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