Ricardo Cortez and Bebe Daniels in “The Maltese Falcon” (1931)
The extremely poor original movie of the Dashiell Hammet novel. The movie suffers from a very weak cast. Ricardo Cortez was a great Latin lover in the silents and the studio publicity machine tried to keep up the image but they couldn’t compete with the microphone. Cortez was actually Jacob Krantz from New York and he sounded like it.
Daniels is good but Mary Astor did more with the role in the better known 1941 remake.
Casper Gutman, Dr. Joel Cairo and Wilmer Cook are played by Dudley Digges, Otto Matieson and Dwight Frye.
Only Frye managed a creditable performance.