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The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

by Dashiell Hammett

I’m one of the few—if there are any more—people moderately literate who take the detective story seriously.


Dashiell Hammett, 1932 (Courtesy of Josephine Hammett)

Instrumental selections from the original score for Brick (2005), written by Nathan Johnson and China Kent, published by Choplogic Music (ASCAP), performed by The Cinematic Underground, used courtesy of Nathan Johnson.

Excerpts from “Honey,” written by Richard A.Whiting, Seymour Simons, and Haven Gillespie; performed by Ralph Sutton and Jay McShann, taken from the CD, Last of the Whorehouse Piano Players (1989), used courtesy of Chiaroscuro Records.

Excerpts from “Time After Time” (Styne-Cahn), “Time on My Hands” (Youmans-Adamson-Gordon), “It Don't Mean a Thing” (Ellington-Mills), and “Slap Happy” (Hinton-Hampton), performed by Milt Hinton and others, taken from the CD Old Man Time (1990) used courtesy of Chiaroscuro Records.

Excerpts from “Main Titles” composed, produced, and conducted by John Barry for the original score to Hammett (1982), used courtesy of Len Freedman Music.

Written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2007.

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