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					Sam Spade
Created by Dashiell Hammett

                               The original blonde Satan, Dashiell Hammett's SAM
                               SPADE is surely one of the most important figures in the
                               entire private eye genre. He made his debut in 1929 in the
                               pages of Black Mask, in the serialized first part of The
                               Maltese Falcon, and the genre has never been the same.
                               He's a "hard and shifty fellow," a partner in the Archer and
                               Spade Detective Agency of San Francisco. He doesn't
                               particularly like his partner, and he's not above sleeping
                               with his wife, but when Miles is murdered, he swings into
                               action, and ends up mixed up with a quest for a priceless
                               statuette, a rara-avis, called the Maltese Falcon.

                                Collected and published in book form, the novel was a
                                bestseller when it first appeared, and remains one of the
                                true classics of the genre, a vastly-influential piece of work,
                                featuring one of the very first P.I.s "with his own private,
                                unorthodox, but absolutely inviolable code of ethics,"
according to William DeAndrea, in his Encyclopedia Mysteriosa. But it's biggest impact
was undoubtedly in another medium. The Maltese Falcon may have left its stamp on
literature, but it also became one of the most popular and important films in history. Mind
you, it took awhile. It was filmed twice before rookie director John Huston finally
released the definitive version in 1941.

The first attempt, starring Richard Cortez as Sam Spade was a solid, if unspectacular
film, and the second version, Satan Met a Lady (Warner Bros., 1936), seemed
"incapable of deciding whether to be a screwball comedy or a murder mystery" Many
changes were made to the original plot, the characters, even the title. None were for the
better.

Sam Spade is now Ted Shane, the Fat Man is now the Fat Lady, Bette Davis is lack
lustre as Miss Wonderly, and the Black Bird is now a ram's horn. Generally considered
poorly acted, forced and dull. Intended, perhaps, as a spoof, but of what? Williams gives
a good effort, but it's not enough.

The third time was the charm. The Maltese Falcon, released in 1941 by Warner
Brothers, written and directed by John Huston, and starring Humphrey Bogart as Spade
was an amazing, powerful piece of work. Okay, Bogey didn't match the description of
Spade in the book. He was too small and too dark, but can anyone ever picture anyone
else ever playing Spade? In fact, Bogart was so good as Spade, that his later appearance
as Chandler's Philip Marlowe never seemed right to me. Add a memorable cast of
colourful characters (with Mary Astor as Bridgid O'Shaugnessy, Lee Patrick as Effie
      Perrine, Sydney Greenstreet as Casper Gutman, Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo and Elisha
Cook Jr. as Wilmer Cook) and a taut moody screenplay that was essentially the novel
itself, and you've got the making of the archetypical private eye film. Decades later, film
makers are still trying to crawl out from its shadow.

The film proved to be such a success that Sam Spade started showing up all over. Three
short stories written by Hammett and published back in the early thirties (all pretty weak,
compared to The Maltese Falcon), were collected and published in book form.

There was even a plan to do a sequel with Bogart and the rest, but it nevercame to
fruition. A comic sequel, The Black Bird, with George Segal as Sam Spade's son,
spoofed the original in the early '70s.

In 1946, The Maltese Falcon was presented in comic book form, adapted by Rodlow
Williard, published by David McKay, as Feature Book #48, The adaptation was
supposedly quite well-done, very faithful to both the book and the film.

And in the forties, Spade was a staple of the airwaves, thanks to The Adventures of Sam
Spade, a popular radio show, featuring Howard Duff in the lead role, and sponsored by
Wildroot Hair Oil. In fact, a series of single-page comic strip/hair tonic ads appeared in
magazines, newspapers and comic books, featuring Spade shilling for Wildroot Hair Oil.
(The ads were drawn by Golden Age artist Lou Fine, who later went on to do the Peter
Scratch comic strip.)

In fact, the only real sequel to The Maltese Falcon was not produced for either prose or
film, though, but for radio. Both The Adventures of Sam Spade and the great mystery
anthology show Suspense were both produced by the same man, William Speir. During
the first year or two that Sam Spade was on the air, Suspense was an hour show, hosted
by Robert Montgomery. To get fans of Suspense listening to Sam Spade, Speir produced
a special one-hour Spade episode called "The Khandi Tooth Caper" and aired it on
Suspense.

The episode is a direct sequel to The Maltese Falcon, with Spade once again meeting
Gutman, Cairo, and another "gunsel." It explains what happened to the real Falcon,
alludes to Brigid O'Shaugnessy's fate, and sets Spade and the bad guys at odds as they
again contend in the search for another quest object, the fabled Khandi Tooth. As an
inside joke, host Montgomery, who played Philip Marlowe in the screen version of The
Lady in the Lake made a cameo appearance as Marlowe in the episode. Later, the
episode was presented as a two-parter on Sam Spade's own series. It's available from
various radio nostalgia dealers if you're interested in hearing it.

When Hammett and his political views fell out of favor and landed him in hot water
during the McCarthy witchhunts in the fifties, the radio show promptly pretended
Hammett didn't exist. Sam Spade was now Charlie Wild, the show was retitled Charlie
Wild, Private Eye (to cash in on Wildroots commercial slogan: "Get Wildroot Cream
Oil, Charlie") and all connections to Hammett were dropped. But it was the same cast,
the same characters (with different names), the same hair tonic sponsor, etc. And it was
Charlie Wild, not Sam Spade, who eventually made the jump to television.

Hammett's one of the seminal creators in detective fiction. As if writing The Maltese
Falcon wasn't enough, he was also responsible for The Continental Op and The Thin
Man , the novel that introduced husband and wife sleuths Nick and Nora Charles to the
world, and became the basis for a string of popular movies.

Hammett also created and wrote (or at least lent his name to) Brad Runyon, The Fat
Man for radio.

NOVELS

      The Maltese Falcon (1930)...Buy this book

SHORT STORIES

      "The Maltese Falcon, Part 1" (September 1929, Black Mask)
      "The Maltese Falcon, Part 2" (October 1929, Black Mask)
      "The Maltese Falcon, Part 3" (November 1929, Black Mask)
      "The Maltese Falcon, Part 4" (December 1929, Black Mask)
      "The Maltese Falcon, Part 5" (January 1930, Black Mask)
      "A Man Called Spade" (1932, The American Magazine; also in A Man Named
       Spade and Other Stories)
      "Too Many Have Lived" (1932, The American Magazine; also in A Man Named
       Spade and Other Stories)
      "They Can Only Hang You Once" (1932, The American Magazine; also in A Man
       Named Spade and Other Stories)

COLLECTION

      A Man Named Spade and Other Stories

FILM

      THE MALTESE FALCON
       (AKA Dangerous Female)
       (1931, Warner Brothers)
       80 minutes
       Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett
       Screenplay by Maude Fulton, Lucien Hubbard, Brown Holmes
       Directed by Roy del Ruth
       Starring Ricardo Cordez played SAM SPADE
       with Bebe Daniels as Ruth Wonderly
       Dudley Digges as Casper Gutman
       Dwight Fry as Wilmer
     Otto Matiesen as Joel Cairo
     Una Merkel as Effie Perrine
     Also starring Robert Elliot, Thelma Todd, Walter Long, J. Farrell MacDonald
    SATAN MET A LADY ..Buy this video
     (1936, Warner Brothers)
     74 minutes
     Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett
     Screenplay by Brown Holmes
     Directed by William Dieterle
     Starring Warren William as TED SHANE (Sam Spade)
     Alison Skipworth as Madame Barabas (Caspar Gutman)
     and Bette Davis as Valerie Purvis (Miss Wonderly)
     Also starring Arthur Treacher, Winifred Shaw, Marie Wilson, Porter Hall, Olin
     Howlin, Charles C. Wilson, Barbara Blane, Maynard Holmes
    THE MALTESE FALCON ..Buy this video ..Buy the special edition
     (1941, Warner Brothers)
     100 minutes, US
     Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett
     Screenplay by John Huston
     Directed by John Huston
     Assistant Director: Claude Archer
     Associate Producer: Henry Blanke
     Exectutive Producer: Hal B. Wallis
     Starring Humphrey Bogart as SAM SPADE
     with Mary Astor as Bridgid O'Shaugnessy
     Lee Patrick as Effie Perrine
     Sydney Greenstreet as Casper Gutman
     Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo
     Elisha Cook Jr. as Wilmer Cook
     Also starring Gladys George, Barton MacLane, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan,
     James Burke, John Hamilton, Emory Parnell and
     Walter Huston as Captain Jacobi
    See also THE BLACK BIRD
     (1975, Columbia)
     A sorta sequel, sorta spoof of The Maltese Falcon, with Sam Spade's son hot on the trail of "the
     Black Bird."

RADIO

    LUX RADIO THEATRE: THE MALTESE FALCON
     (1943, CBS)
     60 minutes
     Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett
     Starring Edward G. Robinson as SAM SPADE
     Also starring Laird Cregar as Casper Gutman
     The first radio adaptation of the Hammett classic, making Robinson the first (although certainly
    not the last) radio SAM SPADE. Generally considered far superior to the 1946 Academy Award
    Theatre version with Humphrey Bogart.
   ACADEMY AWARD THEATRE: THE MALTESE FALCON
    (1946, CBS)
    30 minutes
    Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett
    Starring Humphrey Bogart as SAM SPADE
    with Mary Astor, Sidney Greenstreet
    The second radio version of the classic novel, this time performed by the stars of John Huston's
    film, but crammed into thirty minutes, it's reportedly nothing but sad, sad, sad. The 1943 Lux
    Radio Theatre version is generally considered far superior. But reader Bob Toomey begs to
    differ: "I think the Academy Award Theatre version is the better one. Lux had an hour to do the
    show, but it just doesn't capture the feel for the story the way this version does -- although Edward
    G. Robinson and Laird Cregar are interesting as Spade and Gutman."
    .
   THE ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE
    (1946, ABC)
    13 30-minute episodes
    Starring Howard Duff as SAM SPADE
    with Lurene Tuttle as Effie
    (Duff replaced on some occasions by Stephen Dunne)
    .

            "Sam And The Guiana Sovereign" (July 12, 1946)
            "Sam And The Farewell Murders" (July 19, 1946)
            "Sam And The Unhappy Poet" (July 26, 1946)
            "Sam And Psyche" (August 2, 1946)
            "Death And Company" (August 09, 1946)
            "Two Sharp Knives" (August 16, 1946)
            "Zig Zags Of Treachery" (August 23, 1946)
            "Sam And The Scythian Tiara" (August 30, 1946)
            "The Corporation Murders" (September 6, 1946)
            "The Dot Marlow Caper, Part 1" (September 13, 1946)
            "The Dot Marlow Caper, Part 2"(September 20, 1946)
            "The Count On Billy Burke" (September 27, 1946)
            "The Gutting Of Couffignal" (October 4, 1946)
             .

   SUSPENSE:THE KHANDI TOOTH CAPER
    (January 10, 1948-is this right?)
    60 minutes
    Based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett
    Starring Howard Duff as SAM SPADE
    .
   THE ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE
    (1946-49, CBS)
    157 30-minute episodes
    Sponsor: Wildroot Cream Oil
Starring Howard Duff as SAM SPADE
with Lurene Tuttle as Effie
Guest stars: Sandra Gould (played the "new secretary" while Lurene Tuttle was
on vacation, in the June 27, 1948 show), William Conrad, Jack Webb.
.

      "The Blood Money Caper" (September 29, 1946)
      "The Unwritten Law Caper" (October 6, 1946)
      "The Ten Clues Caper" (October 13, 1946)
      "The Fly Paper Caper" (October 20, 1946)
      "The Midway Caper" (October 27, 1946)
      "The Certified Czech Caper" (November 3, 1946)
      "Sam And The Farewell Murders" (November 10, 1946)
      "The Hot Ice Caper" (November 17, 1946)
      "The Kandy Tooth Caper, Part 1" (November 24, 1946; (originally aired
       on Suspense)
      "The Kandy Tooth Caper, Part 2" (December 1, 1946)
      "The Minks Of Turk Street" (December 8, 1946)
      "The Picture Frame Caper" (December 15, 1946)
      "Sam And The Three Wise Men" (December 22, 1946)
      "The Golden Horeshoe" (December 29, 1946)
      "The Liewelyn Caper" (January 5, 1947)
      "The Cremona Clock Caper" (January 12, 1947)
      "The False Face Caper" (January 19, 1947)
      "The Agamemnon Caper" (January 26, 1947)
      "The Dead Duck Caper" (February 2 1947)
      "The Girl With The Silver Eyes" (February 9, 1947)
      "Inside Story On Kid Slade" (February 16, 1947)
      "The Big Production Caper" (February 23, 1947)
      "The Uncle Money Caper" (March 2 1947)
      "Orpheus And His Lute" (March 9, 1947)
      "The Ingnorance About Bliss" (March 16, 1947)
      "Too Many Spades" (March 23, 1947)
      "The Dancing Pearl Caper" (March 30, 1947)
      "The Poisonville Caper" (April 6, 1947)
      "The Double-Scar Caper" (April 13, 1947)
      "The Scrooge Of Portrero Street" (April 20, 1947)
      "The Debutante Caper" (April 27, 1947)
      "Duet In Spades" (May 4, 1947)
      "The Yule Log Caper" (May 11, 1947)
      "The Assistant Murderer" (May 18, 1947)
      "Jury Duty" (May 25, 1947)
      "The Mishakoff Emeralds" (June 1, 1947)
      "The Calcutta Trunk Caper" (June 8, 1947)
      "The Convertible Caper" (June 15, 1947)
      "The Greek Letter Caper" (June 22, 1947)
   "The Cosmic Harmony Caper" (June 29, 1947)
   "The Simile Caper" (July 6, 1947)
   "The Buff-Orpington Caper" (July 13, 1947)
   "Sam And The Unhappy Poet" (July 20, 1947)
   "The Gold Rush Caper" (July 27, 1947)
   "The Crooked Neck Caper" (August 3, 1947)
   "The Commonwealth Tankard" (August 10, 1947)
   "The Doctor's Dilemma Caper" (August 17, 1947)
   "The Jade Dragon Caper" (August 24, 1947)
   "The Corkscrew Caper" (August 31, 1947)
   "The Forty-Nine Cent, Caper" (September 7, 1947)
   "The Cinderella Caper" (September 14, 1947)
   "The April Caper" (September 21, 1947)
   "The Madcap Caper" (September 28, 1947)
   "The Adam Figg Caper" (October 5, 1947)
   "The Tears Of Buddha Caper" (October 12, 1947)
   "The Untouchable Caper" (October 19, 1947)
   "The Bonnie Fair Caper" (October 26, 1947)
   "The Wrong Guy Caper" (November 2 1947)
   "The Bow Window Caper" (November 9, 1947)
   "The Purple Poodle Caper" (November 16, 1947)
   "The Caper With Eight Diamonds" (November 23, 1947)
   "The Full House Caper" (November 30, 1947)
   "The Palermo Vendetta Caper" (December 7, 1947)
   "The Gumshoe Caper" (December 14, 1947)
   "The Nick Saint Caper" (December 21, 1947)
   "The Perfect Score Caper" (December 28, 1947)
   "The One Hour Caper" (January 4, 1948)
   "The Short Life Caper" (January 11, 1948)
   "The Pike's Head Caper" (January 18, 1948)
   "The Gold Key Caper" (January 25, 1948)
   "The Nimrod Caper" (February 1 1948)
   "The Great Drought Caper" (February 8, 1948)
   "The Goldie Gates Caper" (February 15, 1948)
   "The Mason Grayson Caper" (February 22, 1948)
   "The Grim Reaper Caper" (February 29, 1948)
   "John's Other Wife's Other Husband"(March 7, 1948)
   "The Ides Of March Caper" (March 14, 1948)
   "The Nightmare Town Caper" (March 21, 1948)
   "The Blood Money Payoff" (March 28, 1948)
   "Title Unknown" (April 4, 1948)
   "The Judas Caper" (April 11, 1948)
   "The Night Flight Caper" (April 18, 1948)
   "The Great Lover Caper" (April 25, 1948)
   "The Double-S Caper" (May 2 1948)
   "The Curiosity Caper" (May 9, 1948)
   "The Girl Called Echs Caper" (May 16, 1948)
   "The Navarraise Falcon" (May 23, 1948)
   "The Prisoner Of Zenda Caper" (May 30, 1948)
   "The I.Q. Caper" (June 6, 1948)
   "The Honest Cop Caper" (June 13, 1948)
   "The Death Bed Caper" (June 20, 1948)
   "The Bail Bond Caper" (June 27, 1948)
   "The Rushlight Diamond Caper" (July 4, 1948)
   "The Wheel Of Life Caper" (July 11, 1948)
   "The Missing Newshawk Caper" (July 18, 1948)
   "The Mad Scientist Caper" (July 25, 1948)
   "The Dry Martini Caper" (August 1 1948)
   "The Bluebeard Caper" (August 8, 1948)
   "The Critical Author Caper" (August 15, 1948)
   "The Vafio Cup Caper" (August 22, 1948)
   "The Lawless Caper" (August 29, 1948)
   "The Stella Starr Caper" (September 5, 1948)
   "The Lazarus Caper" (September 12, 1948)
   "The Hot 100 Grand Caper" (September 19, 1948)
   "The Dick Foley Caper" (September 26, 1948)
   "The Sugar Kane Caper" (October 3, 1948)
   "The Bostwick Snatch Caper" (October 10, 1948)
   "The Rumanian Con Game Caper" (October 17, 1948)
   "The Insomnia Caper" (October 24, 1948)
   "The Fairley-Bright Caper" (October 31, 1948)
   "The S.Q.P. Caper" (November 7, 1948)
   "The Gin Rummy Caper" (November 14, 1948)
   "The Golden Fleece Caper" (November 21, 1948)
   "The Quarter-Eagle Caper" (November 28, 1948)
   "The Neveroff Masterpiece Caper" (December 5, 1948)
   "The Bouncing Betty Caper" (December 12, 1948)
   "The Giveaway Caper" (December 19, 1948)
   "The Nick Saint Caper" (December 26, 1948)
   "The Three-Sided Bullet Caper" (January 2 1949)
   "The Double Negative Caper" (January 9, 1949)
   "The Betrayal In Bumpus Hell Caper" (January 16, 1949)
   "The Main Event Caper" (January 23, 1949)
   "The Double Life Caper" (January 30, 1949)
   "The Firebug Caper" (February 6, 1949)
   "The Brothers Keeper Caper" (February 13, 1949)
   "The Attitude Caper" (February 20, 1949)
   "The Three Cornered Frame Caper" (February 27, 1949)
   "The Waltzing Matilda Caper" (March 6, 1949)
   "The Underseal Caper" (March 13, 1949)
   "The Trojan Horse Caper" (March 20, 1949)
   "The Loveletter Caper" (March 27, 1949)
         "The Vacation Caper" (April 3, 1949)
         "The Stopped Watch Caper" (April 10, 1949)
         "Edith Hamilton" (April 17, 1949)
         "The Hot Cargo Caper" (April 24, 1949)
         "The Battles Of Belvedere" (May 1 1949)
         "The Fast Talk Caper" (May 8, 1949; AKA "The Corpse In The Murphy
          Bed")
         "The Darling Daughter Caper" (May 15, 1949)
         "The Cartwright Clip Caper" (May 22, 1949)
         "The Jane Doe Caper" (May 29, 1949)
         "The Overjord Caper" (June 5, 1949; AKA "The Corpse In The Murphy
          Bed)
         "Sam And The Guiana Sovereign" (June 12, 1949)
         "The Apple Of Eve Caper" (June 19, 1949)
         "The Goat's Milk Caper" (June 26, 1949)
         "The Hamburger Sandwich Caper" (July 3, 1949)
         "The Queen Bee Caper" (July 10, 1949)
         "The Cuttyhunk Caper" (July 17, 1949)
         "The Tears Of Night Caper" (July 24, 1949)
         "The Hot-Foot Caper" (July 31, 1949)
         "The Champion Caper" (August 7, 1949)
         "The Sourdough Mountain Caper" (August 14, 1949)
         "The Silver Key Caper" (August 21, 1949)
         "The Prodigal Daughter Caper" (August 28, 1949)
         "The Flashback Caper" (September 4, 1949)
         "The Costume Caper" (September 11, 1949)
         "Over My Dead Body Caper" (September 18, 1949)
         "Chargogagogmanchogagogchabunamungamog Caper" (September 25,
          1949)
          .

   THE ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE
    (1949-50, NBC)
    51 30-minute episodes
    Sponsor: Wildroot Cream Oil
    Starring Howard Duff as SAM SPADE
    with Lurene Tuttle as Effie
    .

         "The Junior G-Man Caper" (October 2 1949)
         "The Hot Hothouse Caper" (October 9, 1949)
         "The Pretty Polly Caper" (October 16, 1949)
         "Title Unknown" (October 23, 1949)
         "Title Unknown" (October 30, 1949)
         "The Cheesecake Caper" (November 6, 1949)
         "The Blues In The Night Caper" (November 13, 1949)
   "The Peacock Feather Caper" (November 20, 1949)
   "Title Unknown" (November 27, 1949)
   "The Floppsey, Moppsey and Cottontain Caper" (December 4, 1949)
   "Title Unknown" (December 11, 1949)
   "The Whispering Death Caper" (December 18, 1949)
   "The Canterbury Christmas 7(December 25, 1949)
   "The Gorgeous Gemini Caper" (January 1 1950)
   "The Third Personville Caper" (January 8, 1950)
   "The Phantom Witness Caper" (January 15, 1950)
   "The Wedding Belle Caper" (January 22, 1950)
   "The Too Many Leads Caper" (January 29, 1950)
   "The Black Magic Caper" (February 5, 1950)
   "The Crossword Puzzle Caper" (February 12, 1950)
   "The Valentine's Day Caper" (February 19, 1950)
   "The Cornelius J. Morningside Caper" (February 26, 1950)
   "The Homicidal Husband Caper" (March 5, 1950)
   "The Barbary Ghost Caper" (March 12, 1950)
   "The Emerald Eyes Caper" (March 19, 1950)
   "The Bay Psalm Caper" (March 26, 1950)
   "The Endurance Caper" (April 2 1950)
   "The Picture Frame Caper" (April 9, 1950)
   "The Kansas Kid Caper" (April 16, 1950)
   "The Caldwell Caper" (April 23, 1950)
   "The Hamite Curse Caper" (April 30, 1950)
   "Caper With Marjorie's Things" (May 7, 1950)
   "The Prodigal Son Caper" (May 14, 1950)
   "The Red Amapola Caper" (May 21, 1950)
   "The Honest Thief Caper" (May 28, 1950)
   "The V.I.P. Caper" (June 4, 1950)
   "The Color Scheme Caper" (June 11, 1950)
   "The Elmer Longtail Caper" (June 18, 1950)
   "The Toytown Caper" (June 25, 1950)
   "The Beryl Green Caper" (July 2 1950)
   "The Runaway Redhead Caper" (July 9, 1950)
   "The Man Who Knew Almost Everything Caper" (July 16, 1950)
   "The Stormy Weather Caper" (July 23, 1950)
   "The Rod And Reel Caper" (July 30, 1950)
   "The Bell Of Solomon Caper" (August 6, 1950)
   "The Missing Persons Caper" (August 13, 1950)
   "The Preposterous Caper" (August 20, 1950)
   "The Too Many Clients Caper" (August 27, 1950)
   "The Farmer's Daughter Caper" (September 3, 1950)
   "The Big Little Woody Caper" (September 10, 1950)
   "The Femme Fatale Caper" (September 17, 1950)
    THE ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE
     (1950-51, NBC)
     24 30-minute episodes
     Starring Steve Dunne as SAM SPADE
     with Lurene Tuttle as Effie
     .

           "Caper Over My Dead Body" (November 17, 1950)
           "The Terrified Turkey Caper" (November 24, 1950)
           "The Dog Bed Caper" (December 1 1950)
           "The Dry Gulch" (December 8, 1950)
           "The 251235679 Caper" (December 15, 1950)
           "The Caper Concerning Big" (December 22, 1950)
           "The Prodigal Panda Caper" (December 29, 1950)
           "The Biddle Riddle Caper" (January 5, 1951)
           "The Red Star Caper" (January 12, 1951)
           "The Cloak And Dagger Caper" (January 19, 1951)
           "The Chateau Mccloud Caper" (January 26, 1951)
           "The String Of Death Caper" (February 2 1951)
           "The Sure Thing Caper" (February 9, 1951)
           "The Soap Opera Caper" (February 16, 1951)
           "The Shot In The Dark Caper" (February 23, 1951)
           "The Crab Louis Caper" (March 2, 1951)
           "The Spanish Prisoner Caper" (March 9, 1951)
           "The Sinister Siren Caper" (March 16, 1951)
           "The Kimberley Cross Caper" (March 23, 1951)
           "The Vendetta Caper" (March 30, 1951)
           "The Denny Shane Caper" (April 6, 1951)
           "The Civic Pride Caper" (April 13, 1951)
           "The Rowdy Dowser Caper" (April 20, 1951)
           "The Hail And Farewell Caper" (April 27, 1951)
            .

COMICS

    THE MALTESE FALCON
     (1946, Feature Books #48, David McKay Publications)
     Artist: Rodlow Willard
     .
    SAM SPADE WILDROOT HAIR TONIC ADS
     (1950's)
     Single page comic strips, appeared in newspapers, magazines, comic books.
     Tie-in with radio show The Adventures of Sam Spade, which Wildroot also
     sponsored.
     Artist: Lou Fine.
RELATED LINKS

        The Maltese Falcon
         .
        The Maltese Falcon FAQ (zip)
         Regularly updated by Eddie Duggan. Everything you ever wanted to know about
         the novel and its subsequent film versions.
         .
        On the Trail on the Black Bird...
         The Whereabouts of the "Real" Maltese Falcon.
         .
        Sam Spade OTR
         Matt Hirsch's mailing list dedicated to discussion of the original Sam Spade series
         radio show.

TRIVIA

        You can now have your own copy of the Black Bird! Radio Spirits sells replicas
         of the "dingus," just like the one in the movie, about a foot high and five and a
         half pounds, for $39.98 (US). You can call them at 1-800-723-4648 or write them
         at P.O. Box 2141, Schiller Park, Illinois, 60176, USA. Delivery of it wrapped in
         newspaper by a dying sea captain, however, is not guaranteed.

Thanks to Jim Doherty for the scoop on the Maltese Falcon radio sequel, and Steve Tussel, who runs the
Detective Fiction on Stamps for (what else?) the stamp of approval. And Matthew Hirsch for letting me
in on who dunne it.


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