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  • When Hammett wrote the novel The Maltese Falcon, he described Wilmer as a "catamite" (a young man in a sexual relationship with an older man). The publisher objected, so Hammett changed it to "gunsel," an obscure bit of street slang with the same meaning. Because so few people were familiar with the term, it snuck past the Breen Office and into the finished film. Most people who watch the movie assume "gunsel" is just another word for "gun man," and many subsequent novels and films noir have misused the term as such. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • "The Maltese Falcon" existed in film versions in 1931 and 1936 before the famous 1941 Humphrey Bogart picture. The first two depicted a Sam Spade who was much more a wisecracking fellow bent towards seduction and comedy. According to ScreenPrism, the tone of 1941's Maltese Falcon starring Bogart and Mary Astor, directed by John Huston, introduced the style of film noir in the detective film and was one of the first precursors to the genre. Humor was replaced with a few dark verbal jabs. Spade's attractions to women are not out of whimsy or fun, but danger. From there, the dangerous femme fatale became a common staple of the noir genre. Edit (Coming Soon)


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