A good movie tells a story that hooks the audience. It creates curiosity. It causes something to happen as a result of a person's actions. The movie The Maltese Falcon satisfies these requirements, because John Huston the director story-boarded every frame of the film before he started filming. His picture drawings created the movie in a linear sequence of illustrations. In other words, Huston graphically organized the narrative. This is the reason the actors are so memorable. The quote that headlines my review was spoken by the actor Sydney Greenstreet as the fat man Kasper Gutman. Could you possibly imagine any other actor than Greenstreet as Gutman? Could you imagine any other actor than Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade or Mary Astor as Ruth Wonderly? Of course not! However, let's not get carried away. Let's simply say that an enduring, memorable film has a beginning, a middle, and an end that tells a story and leave it at that. Too many people in Hollywood today have forgotten this fact!

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