USA, 1941, 100 min
Directed by John Huston
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre
Few literary gumshoes are as well known as Dashiell Hammett’s influential character Sam Spade. Humphrey Bogart embodies Spade in John Huston’s directorial debut. A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. Huston racked up three Academy Award nominations on his first outing as director. The film is on several “greatest films of all time” lists and is a watershed film in the noir genre.