SNT (R4X) - The Maltese Falcon By Dashiell Hammett
It's San Francisco, 1928, and Sam Spade is a wisecracking, womanizing Private Investigator.
Missing husbands and unfaithful wives are his usual stock-in-trade, but when the beautifully distressed Miss Wonderley calls he gets involved in a dangerous caper most people would run a mile from.
Miss Wonderley asks Sam's partner, Miles Archer, to shadow Floyd Thursby, whom she maintains has kidnapped her sister.
But then Archer is shot dead, and Miss Wonderley's story turns out to be a lie - just like her name, which is actually Brigid O'Shaughnessy.
And Miss O'Shaughnessy keeps on lying.
But one thing's for sure: she does know about the Maltese Falcon, an ancient statuette which has attracted more than one interested party.
With a bunch of heavies at his elbow and the police on his tail, Sam needs to think fast if he's to outlive the person who killed his partner...Tom Wilkinson, Jane Lapotaire, Peter Vaughan and Nickolas Grace star in this stylish dramatization of Dashiell Hammett's classic detective story.
Sam Spade - Tom Wilkinson
Brigid O'Shaunnessy - Jane Lapotaire
Kasper Gutman - Peter Vaughan
Joel Cairo - Nickolas Grace
Wilmer Cook - Peter Acre
Effie Perine - Mia Soteriou
Miles Archer - William Hope
Iva Archer - Liza Ross
Tom Polhaus - Norman Jones
Lieutenant Dundy - Harry Taub / Harry Towb
District Attorney Bryan - Don Fellowes
Robyn Sommers/Robin Summers
Technical Presentation - David Greenwood, David Chiltern, Anthony Cherry
Dramatised By - Michael Bakewell
Directed/Produced By - Jane Morgan
First broadcast: BBC R4 - Saturday Night Theatre 25 May 1985
This broadcast: BBC R4X - 04 Feb 2018
Type: MPEG 1.0 Layer 3 - 128 kbps mp3 – 48 khz - Joint Stereo
Duration: 1 hour 56 minutes
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