Not Rated | | Film-Noir, Mystery
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
Gladys George received third billing, despite being in only two scenes.
Effie Perine: There's a girl wants to see you. Her name's Wonderly.
Sam Spade: Customer?
Effie Perine: I guess so. You'll want to see her anyway. She's a knockout.
Sam Spade: Shoo her in, Effie darling, shoo her in.
(at around 54 mins) In their first meeting, Spade tells Gutman that he has until 5:00 to make up his mind. Later, when Wilmer lets Spade know that Gutman is ready to talk, Spade says "I didn't expect you until 5:25," which would have been twenty-five minutes after the deadline had passed (in the novel, the deadline is 5:30).
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